Meet The Group
Michael is the tenor for the group. He started singing for the Lord back in Junior High, mainly at the Hoopeston Church of the Nazarene. Then during his college years he sang with some traveling groups until his senior year when he joined the Keagle Trio as their baritone.
Moving to Kansas City in 1980, he sang mostly in the choir at College Church of the Nazarene. He met Dave Robinson during that time, who eventually asked him to sing tenor for the Watchmen.
Over the next few years, Michael sang some solos and tenor with groups and also as a soloist at College Church. Currently, with 6 children at home, he remains busy for the Lord.
"I have found that music is a very viable way to minister and bring about change in myself and those who listen. If it opens your eyes and your heart, then I want to sing it."
Rick sings lead for the Watchmen. He has been singing in church for as long as he can remember. During high school, he sang with a group that traveled to several churches to present the gospel. He later attended Evangel University, where he was a part of the Concert Choir; which traveled during breaks to sing and present the gospel.
Rick moved to Kansas City in 1986, and has sung in church choirs most of his adult life. He began attending College Church of the Nazarene in 2001, where he met Michael Brown, Dave Robinson, and L.B. Taulbee and eventually became involved with the Watchmen.
One of Rick’s greatest joys is singing with the Watchmen, the College Church Choir, and various other music groups. He considers music a great gift that God has given him and allows him to share with others. One of the great privileges he has had was being asked to be a part of Mid America Nazarene University’s presentation of “The Music man” where he was a part of the men’s quartet.. He continues to be active in music wherever he finds the opportunity.
Rick is married with 2 sons. His oldest is attending Mid America Nazarene University where he is a part of the Pioneer Football team. His youngest son is in high school at Mill Valley in western Shawnee, where is is active in band and golf.
L.B. started singing with his family in a little Church “up a holler", in eastern Kentucky. Singing gospel songs has been his favorite music - for they tell of the Love of GOD, His Grace, Mercy, Forgiveness, Hope, Heaven, Home and Eternal Life with the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, along with all the loved ones who have gone before. Southern Gospel music is most always a Bible message in a song.
Singing with different local groups around the Ohio and Kentucky area, he has played and sang in bluegrass bands, trios, quartets and solos. But a highlight was directing a 40 member Youth Choir in Dayton, Ohio.
L.B. has 3 children and 9 grandchildren living in the Kansas City area and his family gets together often to continue the “family singing”.
Joining the Watchmen Quartet in 2002 has been a real blessing to fellowship with men who are dedicated to ministering the gospel through song and helping others commit their life to Jesus Christ.
“I am thankful to be a sinner saved by the Grace and Mercy of God."
Dave was born and raised in Florida. At age 17, while still in High School, he began singing with a family group. They traveled on weekends, singing at churches and open air malls.
They made reel-to-reel tape in the year 1950 that was used in the first "drive-in church" in Bradenton, FL. After finishing school, he sang in several different groups. After serving two years in the US Navy, he joined the Southernairs Quartet in Dayton, Ohio. They had a converted Greyhound bus and traveled on weekends all over Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, and the Carolinas.
They had the privilege to sing in concert with the Statesmen Quartet, The Blackwood Brothers Quartet, The Original Oak Ridge Boys, The Happy Goodmans, and many more of the old time groups.
After being transferred to Texas, he joined the Gloryland Quartet of Houston. Several years after moving to the Kansas City area, he started the Watchmen Quartet in the mid-1990's. That group has been singing ever since. While making changes to the group from time to time, the current group has been together since the early 2000's.
"I have had the privilege to record on reel to reel tapes, the old 45's, 78's, 33 1/3rd's (aka long plays), cassettes, and CD's. God has been good to me to let me sing His praises all these years. I thank him so much."
Brad became hooked on southern gospel music in 1992, when after a church service, he was invited to his cousin's house near Marengo, IN. There they listened to a 1980 recording of the Kingsmen Quartet entitled, "Live Naturally". That record album changed Brad's life. Before long, that same cousin, along with a few other friends and family, formed a singing group within their home church.
Over the next 7 years, Brad played piano for a few regional groups near Indiana and Kentucky and in 1998, enjoyed the opportunity of attending the Stamps Baxter School of Music in Nashville, TN.
Shortly after that, he found himself with a full-time job as the pianist for The Journeymen Quartet of Shepherdsville, Kentucky.
Some of the highlights of Brad's quartet career were fulfilled with this KY based group including: singing at the National Quartet Convention, a Bill Gaither Homecoming, Dollywood, and Silver Dollar City. Also with this group, he was honored to be on a video and 3 CD recordings with the Journeymen, as well as play in concerts with Gold City, The Kingdom Heirs, The Hoppers, The Florida Boys and many others. Brad and The Journeymen were on numerous television programs and were even honored to have one of their songs included on the famous, "Left Behind" DVD series.
A few years after settling down in Overland Park, KS with his wife Holly and their daughter, Brad was approached by Dave Robinson and was invited to start playing for the Watchmen.
"This is a wonderful group of men who love God and love good quartet singing. With that, I fit right in."