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Chiz and his son Chase playing a duet at a concert !!!!

Chiz and his son Chase playing a duet at a concert !!!! Chiz and his son Chase playing a duet at a concert !!!!

Chiz In Guatemala

Chiz In Guatemala Chiz In Guatemala

Chiz with his green trumpet and green lights on the bell of the horn.

Chiz with his green trumpet and green lights on the bell of the horn. Chiz with his green trumpet and green lights on the bell of the horn.

Chiz at youth rally.

Chiz at youth rally. Chiz at youth rally.

Chiz playing at concert

Chiz playing at concert Chiz playing at concert

Chiz plays at a church in Arizona !

Chiz plays at a church in Arizona ! Chiz plays at a church in Arizona !

What’s New, February 26, 2014

The time has come for us to head west. I am leaving in a few days to do a great western tour. Kansas, Oregon, Arizona, Missouri and Nebraska are just some of the stops we will be making. There should be a lot of familiar faces we see on this tour, but also some new ones too.
Please pray for us while we are on this trip. Pray that God will use us in an awesome way to spread His love through the trumpet. Pray that there will be no problems so we can be focused on just what we are doing. We will be traveling over 7,200 miles and doing 28 shows in 23 days, so please pray for endurance and strength. There is always so much on a trip like this that can go wrong, but there is also so much on a trip like this that can go so right, and that’s what we are looking forward to.
I will be sure to update when I get back. If you are in any of these states, be sure to check out our schedule to see if we will be near you and then come out and see us.
Thank you for your time and prayers,


What’s New, February 4, 2014

I just got back from a tour down south that ended in Naples FL. I left there Sunday afternoon where the temperature was 84 and I was driving around with my windows down. Five hours later on that trip home, I still had the windows down but added a sweatshirt. Five hours from then….windows up, heat on and then by the time I got home, there was a thin layer of ice all over the truck and the temperature was 17.
I did enjoy the warmer weather for a few days but am glad to be home for a few days. Some tours are easy while some are very hard. This past tour was one of those that was very hard for several reasons, but God still did some awesome things and peoples lives were changed. It is so cool that even when I am not at my best, God is.
We have been getting a lot of calls and emails about our tour out west next month, so all of you guys out there; check out our schedule to see where we will be at and come out and see us.
Thanks for checking in,


What’s New, January 2, 2014

The New Year has started and we are gearing up for a great year of concerts. 2013 was a awesome year as we saw over 950 people receive Christ as their Savior. We are praying that God will continue to use this ministry and our family to spread His love.

Please check out our schedule and come see us when we are close by you.

What’s New, November 26, 2013

Well here we go!!!!
December is about to start and the Christmas music is coming out of the horn to celebrate the greatest time of year. I always enjoy doing concerts and playing my horns, but this time of the year is a lot of fun. Check out our schedule and see if we are close to you and come out and celebrate Christ’s birth with us in a Big Band Swing Christmas Concert.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!!!!



What’s New November 5, 2013

2 Corinthians 4:16-18
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us am eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
I could have woke up this morning and been in a bad mood that I am not on the road today, I could complain about the smaller concert I had this weekend and how finances are always tight. But…I wont, because the person I work for could look at me and think much worse thoughts about what He sees in me. God is my boss, and I love working for him and serving Him in everything I do.
I will never have a ministry that will make much money. I will never fill arenas and stadiums and sell millions of CD’s and you know what….that’s ok, because I set my eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. Because everything that we see right now all around us, is temporary, but what we do for the Kingdom is eternal.
We have had a lot of good concerts lately, some big, some small, but God has shown up to everyone and lives have changed. That’s what it’s about.
It is not easy. I sometimes wish finances weren’t so tight, but God always provides.
We have started to add Christmas music to most of our concerts now, just one or two songs for now, but as soon as Thanksgiving is over, everything to the end of the year will be Christmas. Those concerts are a lot of fun, so be sure to check out our schedule and see if we are close to you and come out and celebrate Christ’s birth with us in some great big band Christmas tunes.

Thanks for checking in,


What’s New October 16, 2013

I just finished a two and a half week tour that started in Pennsylvania and went to Kentucky, Oklahoma, Colorado, Ohio and Kansas.
I made some new friends and got to see some old ones. I put a lot of miles on the truck and played A LOT of music. I played shows in churches, theatres, schools and a prison. I received a Emu egg as a gift and had a afternoon off that I got to hike around the “Garden of the gods” in Colorado Springs. My family stayed healthy and I did not have any bad news come from home at all. Except for the person that hit my truck and left without telling me at a hotel in Ohio, it was a great couple of weeks.
Now all of that said, you would think that the tour was good, but the best part was the response to the Gospel. Hundreds of people heard about Gods love and many people received Christ as their Savior. Now that is what takes a tour from being “good” to “awesome”.
Everyday in this ministry has challenges and blessings, but the reward is not in the finances, the applause after a song, the sale of a CD, or even the recognition. The reward is in the lives that are changed when God uses this ministry to do His work. Thank you to all of you that came out to the shows these past few weeks. I look forward to seeing you all again. And I look forward to seeing a lot of you in the upcoming months.
Thanks for checking in.


What’s New, September 4, 2013

Ready…Set….Go!!! Wow, where did the summer go. The kids are back in school and enjoying it and Kelli and I are back in high gear with a busy fall schedule. I am excited about seeing some familiar faces coming up but am also excited about several new doors opening this fall.
We have changed several things in our concerts and are looking forward to playing the new music and using the new videos.
I love how God reminds us all sometimes that He is in control and puts us in our place. Recently, I was at a church getting ready to do a concert and was a bit distracted that day by a few financial challenges. Before the concert I had a chance to meet a younger man that played the trumpet and came to the show just because he knew I was a trumpet player. As he and I talked, it was pretty evident that he was not a believer and did not feel comfortable at all in that church. I tried to hang out with him as much as I could before the concert. I remember praying before the concert and remember that my thoughts and focus were not where it should be that minute because of the stress I was feeling with the finances. Well, right after the prayer, I realized that this young man was in the doorway listening to everything the Pastor and I were saying and talking about. We invited him in to chat for a few minutes and go a chance to get to know him a bit more.
God really grabbed me at that moment, because I realized that my focus was not on Him, but on my problems. God wants us to lay everything at His feet. I immediately began to ask that God use me how he wanted without me in the way.
Well……the story ends with the show going well, a good offering, that significantly helped with a particular need, and the best part, was that this young man, two of his friends and his girl friend all excepted Christ that night.
I don’t care who you are or what you do, sometimes God has to remind all of us that He is in control and can do things so much better when we get out of the way.
Thanks for checking in, I hope to see you at a concert soon.


What’s New, August 8, 2013

This time of year has to be one of my least favorite times of year. Some parents look forward to their kids going back to school, but we like to do so much together as a family, that I find myself becoming almost jealous of school when the kids have to go back. We have had a good but busy summer. The whole summer was either us being on the road or being home with house guests or the kids friends. We now have two more weeks until school begins and find ourselves cramming in as much as we can.
As for the ministry, we are doing good. July and August are always slower for us and tend to make finances very tight, but the rest of the years schedule is the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m excited about what is ahead this fall and winter and am looking forward to God using each trip and each concert for His purpose.
The trips and concerts are not the highlight though, so far this year we have seen over 500 people change their lives and begin a relationship with Christ. That is cool !!
Please check out our schedule and see when we are close to you. We have several new things and songs we are doing in our concerts and would love to see all of you. Also, please pray for this ministry as we deal with financial challenges like higher health care, gas prices and so much more. Pray for Gods provisions and for safe travels where ever we go. Thanks for checking in and keeping up with us.


What’s New, July 2, 2013

We are very excited to see how God continues to open doors and use this ministry on a daily basis. We have seen over 380 people change their lives this year by accepting Christ as their Savior. Anytime someone receives Christ is awesome, but I really do enjoy seeing the young kids come forward or see them praying with Pastors or counselors after our concerts. That’s what this ministry is all about. God uses a little piece of brass to change lives. How cool is that!!!
In my last update, I said that it seemed like things were slowing down a bit for the summer. Well….not quite yet. We have been very busy in the office trying to get caught up on projects and things that we have been putting off because we were on tour. July is going to be very busy, so I am really relying on August to be my catch up month. The summer is always a different pace. Kelli and I try not to put full days in the office so we can spend more time with the kids. It is always the best part of the day to shut the office doors and play as a family.
We are just about to celebrate our countries birthday on the 4th of July. We have a lot to be thankful for as a country, but we also have a lot to pray for as a country. We would not be here right now if it wasn’t for the sacrifice of so many, but we also wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the cross and the sacrifice that was made on it. There are so many questions we have as a country, but they can all be answered by God. On this fourth of July, lets not just grill out, watch fireworks and go to picnics, but lets pray for our country. Pray that God would bless ALL of our leaders to make the right decisions and plans for this country.

I have been all over the world, but I am very very proud to be an American and to call the USA my home. Pray and have a great 4th of July.

Thanks for checking in,


What’s New June 4, 2013

Ok, I am not one to complain about much at all, but…………I have two issues with summer concerts. First, as I said in the last update, I am not a huge fan of sweating like crazy during a concert. I just had a mini concert at a camp a few days ago, and barely made it through my first song before I was soaked in sweat. I end up sweating so much, that my lips begin to leak air and my mouthpiece slides all over my face. It’s not much fun. My other summer issue is that I usually get a shorter amount of time to do concerts. Whether I am part of a service, have the whole service or am part of some other structured event, it just seems like the three months of summer usually don’t allow us to do our whole concert. It ok, it is just an awesome privilege to be able to serve. But I will say that I am looking forward to the cooler weather and longer shows.

Our family had a very cool treat recently. My father invited us and my sister’s family to a resort in West Virginia. We were there for three days and enjoyed great family time. We were able to swim, shoot trap and eat way to much. Time together with just the six of us is extremely important to us and we always make sure that we build in as much time in our life as we can for that, but often extended family is the one that gets neglected. Most families get together on the weekends and we are always on the road. It was a great time and we hope to do it again in the future.

The office is beginning to slow down just a little bit as it always does this time of year. We are still booking a lot of concerts, but trying to get a hold of people this time of year is much harder then the rest of the year. We usually use the next few months to catch up on things, fix equipment and work on new things for our concerts. I do enjoy the lighter schedule and being able to do more family things, but I also am looking forward to the end of August when we kick back into full swing with a awesome fall, winter and spring tour.

God has been doing some great things in people’s lives through this ministry and I cant wait to see how He will use us through these next few months and the rest of the year. Thank you for checking in and praying for this ministry.


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Chiz Rider Ministries
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