Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:18-20 (NIV)
In 2004, Dr. Howard Allen Chubbs, who was the pastor of Providence at the time, supported Dr. Clifford Watkins’ efforts to organize a group of musicians to do just that.
“Unto Thy Doors”, a Christmas play that was directed by Tom and Flo Scott, was presented at Providence on December 12, 2004. Music for the play was provided by Dr. Watkins. Under his direction, members of the Male Chorus and the Spiritual Choir sang several selections. For the first time, a group of musicians provided instrumental music. The group consisted of Dr. Clifford Watkins, keyboard/conductor; Mr. Rodney Harrigan, percussion; Mr. Lawrence Peoples, brass; Mr. Elgient Pritchett, tenor saxophone; Mr. Jacob Watkins, trombone; Mr. Travis Wilson, saxophone, and Mr. John Byrd, sound reinforcement (to balance the music). Dr. Watkins kept the group together and named it the Temple Brass.
Over the years, Temple Brass members have included music majors and music students from A&T, Western Carolina University, and local middle schools and high schools. The ministry also includes members who have selected other professions – but enjoy using their musical talents to help spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When Dr. Watkins retired from Providence in 2012, the Temple Brass played for his retirement celebration. When he passed away in 2016, the Temple Brass played for his Homegoing service.
As we continue to practice social distancing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we are following the recommendations to limit the number of people in our in-person gatherings. For this reason, all services and meetings at the church are cancelled until further notice. Once we have additional information about Temple Brass activities, we will update this site. Continue to stay healthy and safe!