What if the music at our parishes was as moving and powerful as the mass deserves?
The David Initiative is a collaboration between many organizations/artists that dream of seeing this question answered. We know that in order to see this hope become a reality, we need to invest in a new generation of music ministers.
The David Initiative’s first project is a national competition to equip Catholic Parish & Campus music ministers with the mentorship and resources they need to set up music discipleship programs at their parish.
Grand Prize Winner:
The Grand Prize winner will receive all of the instruments needed to launch a parish music program.
The Grand Prize Winner will be offered an expenses paid trip to lead music for mass at AbbeyFest 2017.
The Grand Prize Winner will be given a day session of recording with Shawn Williams at Paper Castle Records.
Top 3 Finalists:
We believe this to be the most valuable prize of all. The top three finalists will receive one year of monthly mentorship from some of the most experienced music ministers in the US.
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Sporting an arched-back jumbo cutaway body with a solid spruce top and maple back and sides, this guitar produces a massive sound with healthy projection. Plug in, and you've got Fishman Sonicore electronics to amplify that tone beautifully.
The Gretsch G2220 Electromatic Junior Jet II Electric Bass Guitar has appointments capable of filling a room with massive subsonic tones. "That Great Gretsch Sound" rings true!
This Gretsch Catalina 4-Piece Jazz Shell Pack is designed for the player who is looking for a versatile 4-piece set with quality features. Featuring mahogany shells and 30-degree bearing edges, this set projects a warm, round, classic tone. It's a versatile kit for any music style.
This 5-Piece Acrylic Drum Shield can be placed in front of your kit to isolate the sound of your drums during a recording session, or it can allow you to lower your band's overall stage volume by reducing the amount of drum sound in the stage mix.
We reserve the right to substitute models & colors based on availability at time of shipment.
Robert has been a passionate advocate for artists and for renewal in Catholic music for over 20 years. He has served as a development editor for St. Mary's Press and then became the general manager for Spirit & Song, the contemporary music division of Oregon Catholic Press. Robert's national reputation as a speaker, retreat leader, and writer has grown over the years, but his love for personally empowering artists remains his passion. He’s since left his position at Spirit & Song to do what he loves on a daily basis.
Bob Rice leads worship for over ten thousand people each year in venues all across the country. An award-winning songwriter, Bob has released numerous CDs and is the featured worship leader at the Franciscan University of Steubenville Summer Conferences. He is also an internationally known speaker, inspirational teacher, and innovative writer. Bob has a Ph.D. and teaches Catechetics at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Dave Moore is a Christian Singer-Songwriter whose passion and heart for God can be seen throughout all his life and music. Moore has written many songs that have been played on Independent Christian Radio stations, but his heart is for founding communities of praise across the US. He is currently the music director at Southern Methodist University’s Catholic Center and is the musician in residence at the Diocese of Dallas.
"Music is one of the greatest gifts we have ever been given. Within it contains the spark to ignite change, the power to bring about healing and hope, the strength to awaken a soul. With each new work I am inspired to create, my hopes are to always be moving towards something true and beautiful. I am grateful to share my passions with so many talented people, and am extremely blessed to get to pursue a career doing what I love most!"
Marcellino D’Ambrosio earned his Ph.D. in theology and biblical interpretation under the guidance of the renowned Avery Cardinal Dulles. In 2001 he left university teaching to direct The Crossroads Initiative, an international apostolate of evangelization and renewal. Since then he has gained a reputation as one of the most articulate communicators of the Catholic faith. Dr. D’Ambrosio will be the theological support for the project, guiding us in our approach to liturgical music.
Andrew Laubacher is a veteran worship leader at the Stuebenville conferences. His love for Christ is infectious, and his anointing to lead God's people in song is clear.
Marcellino D'Ambrosio established a youth band at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church in McKinney, TX and has discipled students that have gone on to lead worship groups for NET, Totus Tuus, St. Mary's at Texas A&M University, and the Berkley School of Music College Ministry. Anthony and Marcellino are co-founders of Catholic Creatives, a collaborative effort to revitalize Catholic Media, and lead retreats and worship through their ministry The Crossroads Pursuit.
Anthony D'Ambrosio pioneered a music discipleship program at St. Francis of Assisi in Frisco, TX that now includes 30 students actively leading music for the parish. The music team trains students in worship methodology and instrumentation as well as sound, lighting, and project administration. Anthony and Marcellino are co-founders of Catholic Creatives, a collaborative effort to revitalize Catholic Media, and lead retreats and worship through their ministry The Crossroads Pursuit.
Megan is a co founder and president of AbbeyFest Ministries. Located in the greater Philadelphia area and drawing from 12 states, AbbeyFest is reaching people. The all day experience is attracting thousands of attendees who come to encounter the beauty of their faith through music. Emerging Catholic musicians will find a special home at AbbeyFest whose goal is to elevate the next generation of prominent Catholic musicians.
Danielle Noonan, a songwriter, worship leader and musician, began leading music at the age of thirteen at her small mission parish in East Texas. With a heart for the poor, the needy and orphaned, Danielle uses her music, testimony and storytelling to give light to the importance of unity, community and authentic prayer.
Founded in 1883 by German immigrant Fredrich Gretsch, in 1967 the Gretsch Company was sold to the Baldwin Piano Company, a music industry giant. Without the family dedication that had driven the business for so many years, the company began to falter. In 1984 Fred W. Gretsch & his wife Dinah purchased it back, revitalized the company, and began to offer vintage-styled Gretsch guitars and classic Gretsch drums. The new products were immediately successful and The Gretsch Company once again became a leading force in the musical instrument industry.
Do you want to see Catholic Music revitalized? Join us. The David Initiative is more than a competition. We want to empower musicians across the US with the resources they need to be successful, but we can’t do that without your help.