March 2014, It was an iconic moment. At intermission the promoter asked the two groups if they would “do something together” on the second half of the program. That Saturday night in Marion, Illinois the Second Half Quartet appeared for the first time at The Truthseekers Homecoming. Greater Vision and The Mark Trammell Quartet took the stage with Gerald on piano, Chris as tenor, Rodney as lead, Mark as baritone and Pat Barker singing bass. That night went down in history as the birthplace of the Second Half Quartet.
A few months before the 2017 homecoming, we were asked to create a tee shirt concept commemorating that special event. Knowing that the Second Half Quartet would be appearing once again, we began planning a “special moment” for Saturday night. During the SHQ’s set, we would stop the program and have each of the guys hold one of the commemorative tee shirts in front of them and take a group photo for the Singing News Magazine. Coordinating with the promoter, the SN Magazine and each of the guys who would be on stage, the plan was in place.
Now, when we say the crowd that attends the Truthseekers’ Homecoming is exceptional, we aren’t exaggerating. We attend a host of events and concerts throughout the year, and there’s nothing like being at the Marion Civic Center with these folks. It’s more than just singing – it’s family. When the big moment arrived to stop the evening program and take the photo, the audience was more than willing to oblige. They all stood up, even those seated in the balcony, so that the audience could be framed in the background when the guys held up their commemorative tee shirts. A fun crowd and a moment we’ll all remember with a smile!
This iconic moment appeared in the April 2017 issue of the Singing News Magazine.