Music for Missions, a unique community event featuring local musicians, takes place Friday, May 10, at Destiny Worship Center, 122 Poinciana Blvd. in Miramar Beach. The evening kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with a silent auction and the concert begins at 7 p.m. Desserts can be enjoyed during intermission and the silent auction will close before the second half of the concert.
On a mission to raise funds to help support an orphanage, 16-year-old Brandon Crowther of Miramar Beach created a ministry for that purpose.
"I began Music for Missions to help with my church's youth group mission trip to Guatemala, and to assist the orphanage that the mission trip benefits," Crowther told The Log. "I was not able to go on the trip, but I still wanted to help in some way. I decided that I could help best with the musical talent that I have been blessed with."
Music for Missions is a student-led organization that assists local youth groups in fundraising efforts for mission trips. The student musicians perform at benefit concerts — “Using their God-Given talents. Blessing Others. Everywhere.”
Crowther is a junior at the Collegiate High School at Northwest Florida State College. He began his musical endeavors at an early age when he joined the school band as an alto saxophonist. He soon discovered that he had a knack for playing music, as well as learning new instruments.
Over the years, Crowther added tenor saxophone, clarinet, flute, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and his biggest love, the piano, on which he plays classical music and some pop.
"Music is important to me because it has always been a way to explore the creative aspects of the world," he said. "It has been a window into a world that is otherwise not accessible."
This is the first concert, and hopefully not the last, under the Music for Missions moniker, Crowther said. Concertgoers will enjoy a blend of group and solo performances.
"Attendees should expect a wide variety of music on several different instruments. I would like to make this more than a one-time event. I do plan on organizing more concerts."
Although Crowther enjoys all music and loves to transpose pieces into original works, he hopes to one day become a biochemist and physician, focusing on the treatment of Alzheimer's.
Talented student musicians Jonas Marquez, Matthew Jordan, Mark Jordan, Abbey Schmidt and Fletcher Wilson, along with other local celebrity musicians, will entertain throughout the evening with their God-given talents to bless others in need.
The concert will be closed by Fleetwood Covington III, a 26-year-old resident of Miramar Beach and celebrity concert pianistwho has been featured in many of the world’s most prestigious venues and played for numerous prominent social figures, including H.S.H. Prince Albert of Monaco.
Covington has also played for many charities including the Rothschild Foundation, and continues to support charitable work locally and abroad.
“This concert is the perfect way for our community to enjoy an evening of amazing music and production while knowing each donation will provide funds to orphans in need of hope and love,” Crowther said.
Tickets are $20 per person (maximum, $50 per family) and can be purchased at www.destinyworshipcenter.com/youth/. Sponsorships are also available.
"Readers should know that none of the proceeds go to our pockets," Crowther said. "Literally every cent made this evening will go toward the mission's trip and the orphanage."