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Chiz at youth rally.

Chiz at youth rally. Chiz at youth rally.

What’s New, May 1, 2020

This “What’s New” update feels a bit weird to write right now. The truth is… currently, there is not much going on. The world has changed so much in the last few weeks, and has completely shut down our ministry for this period of time.

I have gone through a few different stages during the “stay at home” order. At first, I was almost excited to be able to cross off items on my “to do list” that I thought I would never have the time to do. I still have things on that list, but I need a few nice weather days in a row to do them. The second stage I went through was a little rest time. That was nice for a few hours, and then we got really bored. The third stage is what we are doing now. We are working on new songs, videos, and new things for our concerts. I am excited to get them worked out and ready to use as soon as we can get back on the road. I am very excited to get back into the swing of things and share the Gospel.

I find it ironic (if that is the right word to use) that so many people are complaining about being forced to stay home. They feel stir crazy, cooped up, and just want to be free. The irony comes because people are complaining about just one month of isolation. But, when people ignore God and a relationship with Christ, they are looking at not just a month of isolation when they die, but an eternity of isolation with pain and suffering in the pits of Hell. If you think the last month has been bad, you have no idea what is in store for you for the rest of eternity when you ignore God’s love.

Just as we are waiting for the governor to tell us we are free to get out of our homes, we have the Gospel to let us know we are free from sin. The Gospel isn’t anything you have to wait for; it is available right now. The freedom that the Gospel gives us is freedom from sin that comes with a relationship with Christ. A relationship with Christ is your only way to be set free from eternal isolation. A relationship with Christ is the only way to be set free from the pits of Hell. A relationship with Christ is the only way to be free from the bondage you have with your sins. A relationship with Christ is the only way that you will have eternity in Heaven with Him.

That is the message of freedom that I want to spread to as many people as I possibly can – and as soon as I can.

Stay strong, stay safe and stay healthy. I hope to see you all very soon.


What’s New, March 26, 2020

Six years ago my father passed away. Before he got very sick, he and I were working on a little studio project. He wanted to put together a CD of me playing his favorite hymns. We got a few done in the time we had, but we never had the opportunity to finish the project and make it available for people to hear. I thought on the anniversary of his passing, I would put a few of these song out.
This is not the style of playing I normally do or representation of what I do in my concerts, but I hope you find the joy in these songs like my father did. Thank you for listening.

What’s New, March 3, 2020

Thank you to all of you that continue to pray for this ministry and constantly check in. This last month has been very busy and a great blessing. We were in Pennsylvania, New York and California and are now getting ready to leave for a week in Illinois and Indiana. God is doing some awesome things and we are excited to be serving.
April will be a bit slower which I am welcoming so I can work on some new music and things for our concerts. Please be sure to check out our schedule and see when we will be close to you so you can come to a concert.
Thank you for your time and for checking in.


What’s New, February 4, 2020

God’s timing is so awesome!   I was just now sitting at my desk trying to think of what I was going to write about for this “What’s New” update for our ministry and then the phone rang. On the line was Aresha (I hope I spelled that right) who began to cry right away.  She started to tell me about her parents.  Her father passed away many years ago, but he was a huge jazz fan and he played the trumpet.  He loved going to jazz shows and went to as many as he could.  Aresha’s mom would always go to the shows with her husband, but after he passed, she stopped going to concerts.

About two years ago, our ministry was in Virginia on a short tour.  Aresha was able to talk her mom into coming to our concert.  She told me it was very hard to get her mom to agree to come, but once she was there and heard the trumpet playing the jazz style of music that she remembered, she had a great time.

As Aresha was talking and telling me this story, she really began to break down. She told me that her mom was not a believer, but she prayed to receive Christ as her Savior that day at our concert.  I don’t remember meeting Aresha and her mom, but she reminded me that we talked for a little after the concert that day.  Aresha didn’t share with me (or anyone) what had happened that day with her mom.  A few weeks after the concert, Aresha’s mom began going to that same church where she accepted Christ, and became a very active person at the church.  At this point in the conversation, I asked Aresha how her mom was doing and there was a long pause.  Then she replied “My mom died last night, I just wanted to say thank you for your ministry because we know where mom is today”.  Before the conversation ended, I asked her if I could share this story for today’s update, and she said yes.  I am not sharing this story for any reason other than to give God the Glory.

God’s timing is so awesome – not just for me to have something to write about, but His timing  is awesome for Aresha and her mom.  God’s timing is awesome to encourage me today, and I hope this story encourages you as well.

Aresha, thank you so much for calling us today and sharing this story with us. I will be praying for you and your family as you celebrate your mom’s life.

To the rest of you, thank you for your time and for checking in.



What’s New, January 8, 2020

My update this month is a prayer. I pray that this year be an awesome year that God blesses this ministry to reach more people than ever before. I pray that everyone here grows closer to Christ in our own personal walks and I pray that God provides like He always does, but also that we see God providing in new ways.

Be sure to check out our concert schedule to see where we will be and when we will be close to you.
Happy New Year everyone.


What’s New, December 4, 2019

This year has taken us from Coast to Coast, and by the end of the year we will have performed 277 concerts. As always, we have had some challenges, but we have also had some awesome victories. I am so thankful for what God has blessed us with, and what He has done through this ministry. We are SO EXCITED to have seen over 2000 people receive Christ so far this year!

I wish I could tell you all the stories of what happen this year, but I type way to slow. Instead, I’ll share a few of my favorite stories in a nutshell – like how the Lord used us to lead a woman to Christ that did not speak English. We did not have a translator, yet we were able to explain the Gospel to her in a way that she understood. I have a story about a little girl that came up to me after a concert, and in the middle of leading her through a prayer she said “my dad needs to hear this”. We were able to lead the little girl and her father to Christ that night. Finally, I had a gentleman come up to me before one of my concerts and made it very clear to me that he did not want to be at “some trumpet thing” that evening. God did a great thing in his heart that hour; he and his wife prayed with the local Pastor after that concert and accepted Christ.

Not one of those stories were a success because of something I did, because none of the stories had anything to do with me. It was ALL God. What a blessing to be called to serve Him with a trumpet.

Life on the road can be quite interesting sometimes. A few weeks ago I had to postpone a concert for about 10 minutes. Just as the Pastor was introducing me, I saw a lady that was standing in the back of the sanctuary throw up all over the place – and all over a little baby. I can deal with absolutely anything when it comes to the human body… except throw up. I CANNOT DO THAT. I started to dry heave and had to go outside and take a few minutes to get myself collected again while trying to not gag on every breath I took. (I am actually swallowing hard right now thinking back to that day.)

I wish I could share all my stories of road life, but I think people would start to ignore my posts because I would be posting way too much. Ha-ha.

Thank you to all of you who keep in touch, pray and support this ministry. The 2000 people I wrote about above were blessed by all of you that help this ministry continue. Thank you so much!

I look forward to the New Year and seeing God do awesome things in 2020. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


What’s New, November 6, 2019

I really enjoy playing my trumpet in schools all over the world, and I REALLY love when I get thank you notes in the mail from the kids. Thank you to my Oregon friends at Grace Christian School for your awesome letters! I can’t wait to come back and play for you guys again in a few years.

What’s New, October 16, 2019

I just got back from a mid-west/western tour. The tour consisted of 63 shows in 26 days, and covered 8 states and over 7,200 miles. It was so good to see some familiar faces and meet quite a few new people. The audiences ranged from small and intimate settings to packed out places with lots of people. We played at a ton of middle schools, high schools and colleges during the days, and churches at night. It was just a great time.
Two of the the Montana concerts had to cancel because they got 3 feet of snow, but it gave me two days to hike and explore some great sites in the west. I have included some of my favorite pictures of the places that I hiked. God has some pretty cool views out west, I just wish I had some more time to explore more of them.
The best part of the whole tour, and all the work that went into it, was the 97 people who prayed to receive Christ in the past 26 days. That is SO exciting and encouraging to see God use a trumpet to spread the Gospel.
Thank you to all who came to the concerts on this past tour. And, thank you to everyone else for praying and supporting this ministry.


What’s New, September 4, 2019

Where did the summer go? It honestly feels like we just put away our winter stuff and now we are just about to enter fall. There were so many things that we wanted to do this summer but just didn’t. We ran out of time and never got to them. That stinks. Oh well, there is always next summer.
Can you imagine what life would be like if we had enough time to do everything we needed to and to get everything done! Wow, that would be awesome. But the truth is, we don’t. I certainly don’t want to get to the end of my life and have some huge list of things I should have done. There will always be things on that list like bungee jumping, ski diving, getting a tattoo and swimming with stingrays, but what about the really important things. What about the most important thing of all……asking Jesus into your life. Why wait?
Some people will have a slow death that they can think about their whole life and others will die in an instant. You may never have the time to get to the things you wanted to in life and more importantly, you may never have the time to get your life together and give it to God.
Getting to the end of life and not having the time to give your life to Christ is A LOT different than getting to the end of summer and running out of time to do things. Make that life changing decision right now and ask Christ into your life. For more about a relationship with Christ, click on “true salvation is just a click and prayer away” on the upper right corner of this website.
Please keep this ministry in your prayers in the next month. We have a mid-west/western tour. 31 shows in 25 days, and over 7000 miles. There is a ton that can go wrong, but there is way more things that can go right when God is the one in control. Please pray for the trip and for my family as I leave them behind.

Thank you for your time and for checking in,


What’s New, July 2, 2019


I love this holiday! I am a very proud American and I truly love this country. My one regret that I have in life is that I did not serve in the military. I wish I could have, but God lead us into full time ministry and for a few health issues, there is no way they would have taken me anyways.
For this whole week you see more flags than any other time of year. You see people’s pride in this country and you see people celebrating our independence and freedom we have as a country. That is so cool.
Just as I wrote in my last “What’s New” in June, we as Christians have another freedom we get to celebrate. It is the freedom of sin. We can all have that freedom when we believe and receive Christ as our Lord and Savior.
This week we should all remember how awesome America is and how we are blessed to live in such a great country. The love we have for this country should never just come on a certain day of the year but be a pride we carry every day we live out our freedoms.
But WAY more importantly then thinking of this country, we should remember the freedom we have from sin because of what Christ did for us on the cross. America is beautiful and is the home of the free, but heaven will be so much better, better than anything we could possibly imagine. That is the promise we have in a relationship with Christ.
Enjoy and celebrate your freedoms you have in this country and celebrate and enjoy the freedoms you have in your relationship in Christ.
If you don’t have a relationship with Christ, click on “True Salvation is just a click and prayer away” on the upper right hand corner of this website and start a relationship with Him today.
Happy 4th. Thank you for your time and for checking in,

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