AMBOY - Southern Gospel quartet The Wanda Mountain Boys from Herculaneum, Mo. will present a concert in the park at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14 at the Shaw Shelter in Amboy City Park. This free concert is sponsored by the East Grove Union Church, 449 Reuter Road in Amboy.
A free-will offering will be taken for the group to cover their travel and ministry expenses. All are welcome to attend. A dessert buffet will follow the concert. Those attending should bring a lawn chair for seating.
For more information, please contact Pastor Rick Wulf at (815) 440-5321.
Southern Gospel Music has always been known for its smooth harmonies, strong vocals and powerful, straight forward lyrics. For the last 25 years, the Wanda Mountain Boys have displayed all three of these qualities as they established themselves in the Gospel Music community in the Midwest.
Gary O’Neal has assumed the managerial position for WMB as well as anchoring the group as lead singer. Gary O’Neal has been involved in Gospel music for more than 45 years and has sang with some of the Midwest’s most popular groups.
Singing tenor for the group is Rick Brown. He has been involved in Gospel music for many years, having sung professionally with Naomi and the Segos and Coy Cook and the Premiers.
Singing baritone is one of the founders of the group, Claude Johnson. He has been involved in Gospel music for over 50 years having sung with some of the Midwest’s best-known groups, including the Gospel Four and the Victory Quartet. In 1990, he helped start the ministry of the Wanda Mountain Boys. He returns to the group after a 2-1/2 year retirement from singing. In 2011, Johnson was presented with the Mid America Gospel Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award.
The newest addition to the group is bass singer, David Jenkins. His addition returns the group to their original format as a male quartet. Jenkins grew up as a fan of Southern Gospel music and followed in his father’s footsteps as a bass singer.