The Trumpets of JoyHave you heard of The Trumpets of Joy of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania? Well, don’t be alarmed if you have not. We heard rumors of the existence of this group years ago. But, it was not until we receive their CD titled Come On Here that we really became familiar with the group.

They describe themselves as “a gospel male quartet.” The group was formed in 1952 by the late William “Shorty” Freeman. At that time, the group was named The Golden Bells. In 1962 the name was changed to The Trumpets of Joy.

The group has three of the original members – Pastor Joe L. Freeman, Sr., Deacon Babe Lott, and Deacon Roscoe Peake, Sr. The current lineup also includes the third generation of the Freeman Family (Dwight Sims, Joe L. Freeman, Jr., A. Glenn Freeman, and Kevin Freeman, Sr.) and along with members Vernon Young, Joel D. Watkins II, and Philipe Price.

The new CD, which also represents the group’s first full length recording, is full of good gospel quartet music. On the project you will find songs like the mid-tempo “Thank You Jesus.” Then there is a re-work of “I’ll Fly Away” titled Oh, I Want to See Him. Listeners will also enjoy the ballad “Said He Would.”

The group may be from Pennsylvania, but there is no doubt they have been musically influenced by some of the best down-home (from the South) gospel quartet groups ever to record. You will like this CD.

Listen to songs from the CD during the Quartet Mix broadcast at Gloryland Gospel Quartet Radio beginning November 25, 2010.