The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Progress 2012

March 31, 2012

Beat of a different drum

ENID — Fellowship halls and worship centers can be a training ground for aspiring Christian bands, turning a praise team into a full-fledged band producing CDs and touring churches around the area.

The Sean Gallagher Band is one such band. The trio released its first album, “Simple Words,” last year and performs every Saturday and Sunday at Enid First Assembly of God.

Gallagher, worship pastor at the church, spends his time leading the band, coordinating worship services and editing video as part of his duties.

“Our worship services are pretty aggressive on Saturday night, but Sunday we are a little more laid back,” Gallagher said.

The group has played several worship services for churches in the area as well as local events such as March of Dimes and Gospel Explosion.

“It is cool to see what other people enjoy,” Gallagher said. “When you are playing in your own church, you get used to what your congregation likes and enjoys.”

He said the group will change their service and music to match the tone and message the host church pastor wishes to convey.

“We enjoy being able to minister under God but also being able to serve under the authority of the church’s pastor,” Gallagher said.

Changing service for different churches is one thing Gallagher said he enjoys the most.

“When you go to another church they may not like the things you play or may want you to play something newer or even something older,” Gallagher said. “It’s all based on being a servant in that capacity.”

The band is made up of a drummer, a bassist, and guitarist. Occasionally, the group will feature a keyboard, loops, or a backing track.

Gallagher recently lost drummer Hector Mancha and guitarist Eric Castillo when they moved to Arizona to pursue other opportunities.

“Right now I am in the middle of a band swap. I am currently looking for some members to fill the open spots,” Gallagher said.

“Simple Minds” featured all original music created by The Sean Gallagher Band. The album was recorded at The Music Group, an Edmond studio.

“The whole album summarizes my metamorphosis. It is about things that happened in my life and how God turned me around and changed a lot of things in my life,” Gallagher said.

Gallagher previously has worked on other bands’ projects in studio and was pleased to get the opportunity to work on his own album in studio.

“Doing my own project was fun, but tedious,” Gallagher said. “I wanted to create something that was professionally done and radio ready.”

The band’s original music has received airplay on Ponca City-based The House FM.

“We have had some minor success with the original music,” Gallagher said.

The album is available at Ruth’s Christian Book Store and through iTunes.

Gallagher’s band plays several services a week at Enid First Assembly of God. At 6 p.m. on Saturdays the band plays the aggressive, contemporary, high-energy service.

“This service usually attracts young families and singles in the 30- to 50-year-old age bracket. It is a little louder and more rock-oriented,” Gallagher said. “We try to make it exciting and get people back each week.”

The band also plays the contemporary service at 10:30 a.m. and The Worship Experience at 6 p.m. Sundays.

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