Contemporary Sounds of Gospel Favorites
Twelve songs, some written before I was born, some within the last few years. With a heart for the past and an eye to the future, these songs are performed using contemporary sounds that let each song be exciting, inspiring, and relaxing all at the same time. As you listen, reflect and meditate on the past and future being always thankful for every thing. 'In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Jesus Christ concerning you.' I Thessalonians 5:18 Chuck Mandt is a results oriented teacher and pianist. He has always been a teacher. Armed with a BS in Secondary Education and an MS in Mathematics, he taught high school math for 10 years while almost finishing his doctorate. He left teaching to work 15 years for IBM in sales. His sales were the result of teaching his clients. As a business process consultant for 10 years, his success has been based on teaching. During all of those years however, he has worked to master his first love - playing the piano. After extensive classical and jazz training he began playing professionally in 1960 to pay for college expenses. He has performed classical concerts with the Dover Delaware Symphony and for organizations like the French Alliance of Delaware. He has performed in all kinds of clubs, restaurants, and country clubs. He has backed up name artists like Ray Eberle of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Myron Floren of the Lawrence Welk Orchestra, and Anita Bryant. He has recorded on 5 records with artists like Sandy Merrill of the Sy Zentner Orchestra. He is a member of the Atlanta Musician's Union and the Christian Jazz Artists Network. And, yes, he has taught many classically trained adults to play jazz and improvise. He has conducted jazz improvisation workshops for organizations like the Atlanta Musicians Union and Roland Pianos.