Members of a local Christian praise and worship band calling themselves Revelation stopped by Field of Dreams residential care facility for a semi-impromptu music performance near Rockville just outside of Kiel on Sunday, Aug. 12.
“The thought was if some residents can’t be at the parade to hear our music, at least we can bring a little bit of it to them,” said Gina Kabat, the band’s drummer and public appearance coordinator. “It’s such a simple thing, the gear was ready and we were literally mobile and ready to park and play. It was a pay it forward moment for all of us,” she added.
Field of Dreams owner and operator Scott Lewis welcomed the idea and along with his staff were able to assemble residents outside under the canopy of their north side porch for a brief mini concert.
“The weather was perfect and our residents loved listening to the music. The beautiful hymns sung by Revelation band truly showed what the band represents—family, kindness, and love for their communities. We at Field of Dreams would like to thank Revelation band for making our residents’ day a bit brighter,” Lewis said.
Music selected included a selection of hymns, gospel songs, and current Christian hits.
It is not uncommon for this group to extend music beyond church walls. To date they have performed at numerous city park picnics, parades, local area parishes, Sheboygan’s Good Stock gospel day, and Praise in the Park summer concert series held in Plymouth. They return to the Manitowoc County Fair for the second year in a row after the reinstatement of a praise tent.
The band continues to cover songs of popular bands such as Newsboys, Stryper, and Zach Williams. Next year they plan to collaborate more on original pieces and add to their musical library expanding genres and diversity.
Revelation band members included Kiel residents Debbie Matthies as lead vocalist, Darryll Matthies on bass and vocals, and Gina Kabat on drums. Keyboardist and vocalist Nancy Johanning hails from Elkhart Lake. This core group has been performing together since 2012. This is the sixth year they have performed music together as they look forward to continuing free outreach and scheduled ticketed performance dates.