Photo Recap (Fall 2016 Tours)

 

Wow! It’s difficult to summarize these past months! We have traveled thousands of miles, sung to hundreds of wonderful people, experienced one break down, and have been blessed in more ways than we could tell! Here is a quick photo overview from our adventures in September, October, and November…

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Soundcheck time for Fall Senior Day at Camp Lebanon, Minnesota! We love singing for these dear friends!

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Some attendee came over-prepared! (I don’t think they used these after all. 🙂 )

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The Floyd Gospel Sing! It was held indoors this year because of the rain, wind and mosquitoes! The table spot we had on Friday was eventually overrun with people on Saturday—that building was packed! People love this sing in Floyd, Iowa! As always, it was great to catch up with friends (like Sam, Jayme, and Caleb’s pen pal, Devin!) and make new ones.

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The Reggie Saddler Family! Wow, they brought so much to the Floyd Gospel Sing! We were blessed by their music and Reggie’s testimonies.

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One of our many pit stops this fall. 🙂

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Gas stations are perfect for pick-up games.

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Our friends make sure we get our fill of “fruits and veggies”. (We definitely like their version of spinach! 😉 )

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Glenvale Church of God in Marysville, Pennsylvania—this was a HUGE highlight for us! After spending five days with these wonderful people last year, we were hoppin’ excited to return for a concert! Such a blessed time of sweet fellowship, hilarious fun, and marshmallow gun battles! I’ll spare you the details…

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We don’t often visit tourist sites while on tour. But, if we sing in Pennsylvania, there’s one place that we always try to make time for: Gettysburg. Since we have studied the battle and its soldiers for over 11 years, each visit is a thrilling chance to learn something new. (And a chance for Caleb to wear the jacket he “tailored” himself!)

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A hike up Big Round Top was requested for this visit! On the steep climb, we kept our eyes peeled for witness trees; Ben stopped and counted most of the rings on this one, and we determined that it had “witnessed” the battle.

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Caleb and Leesha (our Gettysburg gurus) taking in the heights of Big Round Top.

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Leesha posing by a monument to one of her favorite generals.

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The Garms Family’s resident Civil War Round Table!

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Dad and Mom.

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Devil’s Den is always a favorite spot to explore.

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Another highlight was singing at Dad’s cousin Otto’s church in Bluffton, Indiana. Some of us thought it was pretty neat to sing in a gym, and even shot some hoops after the concert. 🙂

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Sam, Jayme, and Caleb waiting for Ben to finish “ringing” the room.

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A rare picture of life while traveling down the road! Here Sam is doing algebra, with a couple of other students getting a head start on their high school careers. 🙂

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There’s nothing like the northland! As much as we love the Eastern and Southern states, we always cheer whenever we enter the fresh air and familiar scenery of the North!

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The Nautilus at a final pit stop before arriving home after the Eastern mini-tour. It survived two two-week tours this fall, but broke down after a weekend run in October. We’ll save that story for a later time. 🙂

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HOME!!!

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Somebody was happy when the Nautilus turned into the driveway. 🙂

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Laundry after a tour. In the end, this amounted to 20 loads. Big hurrah for our laundry professional, Mom!

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Gorgeousness! The view from our back “yard” when we arrived home, looking toward our neighbor’s pasture.

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A new sight at the Garms home: Practice and babysitting our grandson and nephew! He eventually fell asleep during this practice. 🙂

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We love the Midwest Quartet Convention! A friend picked up my camera while we were onstage and snapped a couple shots. 😀

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Caleb and Jayme with our good friend Tommy Bruce of Still Water. (Caleb tried to do bunny ears. 🙂 )

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While we treasure the fellowship with everyone during Midwest Quartet Convention, we especially treasured our grandparents this year! It was so good of them to come and enjoy the weekend with us.

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Let’s just say this gathering of Sam, Caleb, and Brad Kemp of 4 His Love made for some laugh-your-socks-off moments. Including an epic conversation about sidehill gadgers. Don’t ask.

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Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Bridgeton, Missouri: one of our 25 concerts this fall. What an unspeakable privilege to lift up Christ our Savior! What a joy to share and connect with wonderful people across the country!

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This concert at First Baptist Church in Kearney, Missouri was incredibly special. First, we got to sing with our dear, dear friends 4 His Love (we’re super bummed out that we didn’t get a picture together!) and the funny, talented Tim Lovelace. But even more than his humor, we appreciated his genuine heart for the Lord and people—such a rarity!

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We may or may not have stayed up too late on November 8th for various reasons. 🙂

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Photo from Facebook of our concert at Unity Missionary Baptist Church in DeWitt, Arkansas.

“It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your steadfast love in the morning, and Your faithfulness by the night, to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre. For You, O Lord, have made me glad by Your work; at the works of Your hands I sing for joy.” (Psalm 92:1-4)

We look forward to seeing YOU down the road soon!

Blessings and joy in the journey,

Taylor for TGF

TGF Travel (B)Log // February-March 2015

It’s ironic that I write this family “travel (b)log” from the stationary comforts of my desk.  I know—I have no excuse, other than it’s more convenient to publish a blog entry when I’m at home, with the ease of our own internet. 🙂

The other day, Caleb raced in to announce that it was nearly 60 degrees outside: “Feel it out there—it’s like T-shirt weather!”  (Well Caleb, maybe it’s not quite that warm yet!)  When Sam, Jayme, and Caleb were done with their school studies for the day, they dashed outside to take advantage of the spring thawing in our ditches and culverts.  They rigged up a small boat with kite string and, with Jayme operating the boat, the boys attack it with stones to see how long it will stay afloat.  It’s amazing how entertaining a boat and some kite string can be to imaginative young minds.

We are singing in Medford, Wisconsin this Saturday and Sunday—the first concerts in two weeks since our tour to Iowa, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Missouri.  (NOTE: Our concert on Saturday with the Medford Performing Arts is a CLOSED event—sorry for any inconveniences; we just got the news.) After having a delightful time with so many new friends (and old ones too!), and after experiencing a nasty virus that attacked our voices this past week, we are eager to restart singing.

Recording our fifth album has been admittedly rather slow, but we continue to learn our plans aren’t always the Lord’s!  We find that we often have to be flexible when we have home-time—it gets quickly disrupted by unexpected, but necessary activities. (Anyone else experience that?)  We are nearly done with all the instruments tracks—Ben has been supervising our progress—and can hopefully start recording vocals soon, once our voices are back up to speed.  (That virus really drained our energy and vocal ability!)

Our Nautilus continues to be a blessing—a mixed one, at times, but overall, we are incredibly grateful for it.  After spending a third of our time last year in hotel rooms, we are thankful to pack our outfits, school and books, food, and other items in ONE spot—no more unloading the bus for an hour at 12 o’clock in the morning!  The aspect of having a home away from home has been likewise enjoyable.  We continue to establish routines in the motorhome to make life smoother (it’s always funny at mealtimes to “dance around” each around in a small space!).  Dad has been busy maintaining the upkeep on the Nautilus.  It had some interesting quirks on our recent trip (everything from furnaces not working on the way out to replacing a mysteriously damaged tire on the way home), and Dad, being the mechanic he is, is constantly trying insure a safe ride to each concert.

Can’t wait to see you all soon!

Joy in the Journey,

Taylor for TGF

P.S. Less than 24 hours after we returned home from our February tour, we got in the van and spent an afternoon in Eau Claire, WI.  Legacy Five was in the area and, since we missed seeing them last year in Minnesota, we made sure we saw them at least once this year.  It was refreshing to sit in the audience for an hour and half and be blessed.  Well, I should restate that—most of us got to be “normal” audience members.  People recognized Caleb and asked Legacy Five to let him sing with them.  🙂  So, during the first half, Scott Fowler called Caleb up on “I’m Feeling Fine”.  Here’s the video if you’d like to see what happened for yourself:

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Hello May, Goodbye April!

Hello Friends!
May has speedily come upon us and Jayme says it has come in like a lion, given the storms we experienced in our area the past two days.  Last evening around 2:40 a.m., all of us except Caleb woke to huge crashes of thunder and continuous lightening.  We were racing about to close windows, mopping puddles of water, and watching the intense storm from behind rain-streaked glass.  Then we all went back to bed to rise again in the 5 o’ clock hour to attend a National Day of Prayer breakfast at 6:30 a.m.  🙂
Our concert season has launched fully now!  We had three concerts in April, and the first at Open Range Cowboy Church in Isanti, MN on April 15th.  It was great to start up again at a familiar place with familiar faces!  Pastor Joe and Linda are great to talk with and we appreciate their hearts for the Lord.
Setting up on Saturday before the Sunday service at Cowboy Church.
The most unusual place for Sam to set-up his drums – behind the baptismal tub!
We all agree this is the most unique use for a Great Adventure Gospel Band CD.  🙂

 Next, on Wednesday, April 26th, we traveled to Edina, MN and sang for the Edynamoes!  We had a lot of fun making new friends and having our Grandma Garms in the audience, as well as a couple we’ve met at several concerts.  While the Edynamoes had their meeting, we hung out in a separate room and enjoyed going through a few of our songs in a very impromptu practice session.  🙂  Special thanks to Carol for being so accommodating and kind to us!
Leesha, Jayme, and Caleb watching Ben closely.
Ben.  Don’t ask me why he was so interesting.  🙂
Christ Presbyterian Church; it was actually styled after Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.
After the concert, we rested in the garden for a while, enjoying the beautiful day.
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This Sunday we had a fabulous time with the folks up at Barnum United Methodist Church in Barnum, MN. We had never sung in Barnum, though we had often passed it on the way to Moose Lake and Duluth, so we liked seeing a new Minnesota town.  Pastor Gary and the congregation were so fun to spend our morning with and, while I did not take any pictures, I edited some videos from the service for y’all to enjoy:
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Mountain with His Hand
May you have a wonderful, God-blessed weekend!  We are excited to see the Ball Brothers in concert (Lord-willing) Sunday evening and then are looking forward to our next concert on the 15th at Camp Lebanon, MN.  Hope to see you along the journey soon!
Blessings and Joy in the Journey!
Taylor for TGF 

Video: Wanna Travel with the Garms Family?

Have you ever wondered what life is like “on the road”? Have you ever wanted to jump aboard a bus and experience the adventures of a family band? Have you ever thought, “I would like to travel with that crazy Garms family just once, to see what it’s like.”

Okay. Come along!
Back in April, we brought our Zoom Q3HD digital video recorder along for several concert trips, capturing video to reveal behind the scenes of traveling and singing.
Many people catch only a glimpse of all that goes into the hour and a half concerts they attend. They see the microphones and stands lined nicely on a stage (it doesn’t matter to the audience if the stage is big or small – but to a large group, it’s an entirely different story), cords trailing over the platform to a big hunk of plug-ins, buttons, and sliders, instruments placed in strategic positions over the platform, and the group, all smiles (or not smiles…just depends on the group and the day), behind the table or mingling with the crowd. But few see the tear-down and loading, even fewer witness the unloading and set-up. And only the group knows the whole story of “concerting”, which begins many hours or even days before the small hour and a half performance.
But now you have the opportunity to see a bit more. On April 17th, 2011, we began the process to deliver an hour and a half concert at Rose City Evangelical Free Church in Rose City, Minnesota. We “taped” many of the happenings to give you a feel for the behind-the-scenes. You’ll experience packing, long miles, funny instances, interesting sights, Minnesota attractions, the unloading/set-up process, sound checks, and more! Come along for the journey; we’d love to have you ride with us! (This was pre-Glory Bus, so you’ll have to sit in the van for this trip!)
Watch the video below, or click here to view it on YouTube!
If you’d like to read an audience member’s perspective, check out our friend Alyssa’s review of our concert at Rose City. (And yes, Alyssa, you thoroughly beat me on posting those pictures first – I still haven’t posted one yet!)
Enjoy!
Blessings and Joy in the Journey!
Taylor for TGF