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Fighting fire with song

Trinidad VFD scores coup that rocks the gospel world
The tiny little Trinidad Volunteer Fire Department is the envy of every gospel music venue in the nation this week. The department has announced that the world-renowned and beloved Florida Boys Gospel Quartet will conduct their final performance before retirement as a benefit concert to help raise money for the firefighters at that station.
The show will be held Sat. July 21 at the Trinidad School Auditorium located in downtown Trinidad. Showtime is 8 p.m.
This particular concert will have special meaning to the Southern Gospel music lovers worldwide because after 50 years of worldwide touring, the Florida Boys are calling it quits.
Founded in 1947 under the name Gospel Melody Quartet, the Florida Boys have evolved into one of the premier Gospel acts in the world with countless number one hits and albums to their credit.
Les Beasley, leader and group manager, has served as president of the Gospel Music Association, the Southern Gospel Music Association and is currently president of the National Quartet Convention. Beasley is also the winner of countless Dove Awards (comparable to the CMA awards of Country Music) and is in the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame, The Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame and the Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
For over 50 years fans have been flocking to see The Florida Boys, the only male quartet that’s been consistently prominent from the 1950’s to today. With No. 1 hits like “Standing On the Solid Rock,” “When He Was On The Cross, I Was On His Mind,” “Lead Me To The Altar” and “I Lean On You Lord,” this legendary group has recorded some 100 albums and attained a following of devoted listeners.
The Florida Boys’ national television appearances include “The Today Show,” “TNN’s Prime Time Country,” “Crooke & Chase,” “Gaither Homecoming Videos,” and their own “Gospel Singing Jubilee” which they hosted for many years.
The Trinidad VFD is an all-volunteer unit that provides emergency services and fire protection to an area bordered by the lake spillway to the north, Malakoff to the east and Kerens to the west. The firefighters also assist these surrounding communities should the need arise.
Trinidad has just acquired a new tanker truck that the Forestry Service helped fund, but the department still owes $23,000 for the balance.
Tickets for the show are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets are available at Star Music – Trinidad, Bluebonnet Emporium – Gun Barrel City, Malakoff Pharmacy, Gibson Pharmacy – Athens, The Ark – Corsicana, Food Rite – Kerens, Gibson’s Discount Pharmacy – Seven Points or from any Trinidad firefighter.
The public is invited to attend this concert to see the Florida Boys for the last time and support a worthy cause. For more information, call 903-432-1827 or 214-454-8467.

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