May 16, 2017

@tOne Praise Band


@tOne is a name that has many meanings. It is a collection of symbols that can be looked at multiple ways–all of which describe our drive for music.

First look is “A Tone.’  A tone is defined as “vocal sound; the sound made by vibrating muscular bands in the larynx.”  Psalm 150:6 says, “Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord! Praise the Lord!”  A tone is the building block that songs are built on.

On a second look, you can see the reason for our singing.  Humanity is all living under sin.  Romans 3:10 says, “No one is righteous—not even one.”  However, we have a Savior that atoned for our sins!  1 John 2:2 says (speaking about Jesus), “He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.”  The word “atone” is defined as to make amends or reparation, as for an offense or a crime, or for an offender.

At the third glance, we are confirming that we are no longer at war with God.  To see the whole picture you have to look at it in Comic sans font (because it’s a fun font and we like to have fun) as shown above.  We are at one with him (or @ one).  The “t” in between is a lowercase “T” to represent the cross on which He atoned for our sins.  In John 17, Jesus prayed for this unity–for His disciples to be one with Him.

So how do you say the name of the band?  East Main Street Christian Church Praise Band of course!  To pick a pronunciation would be difficult.  Which stands out to you?

Our praise band plays a wide range of contemporary music.  We rehearse one night per week and lead worship during the 9:30 service on Sundays.  Our main influences are bands you hear on K-Love, but particularly groups like Chris Tomlin, Casting Crowns, and HIllsong (United).

Who makes up @tOne?

Our current instrumentation includes (* indicates that we’re looking for more):

*Female Vocalists–Sue, Jenni, Cathy, Christy, Lana

*Male Vocalists–Raphael, Looking for more.

*Acoustic Guitar–Shannon

*Electric Guitar–Steven




Sound and Video–Kim and Darrell


We are looking for musicians for each worship service.  Our goal at the moment is to grow our team enough to have rotations so our members can participate in congregational worship as well.  Many of our team members can play multiple instruments, so we aim to be flexible as well!

Contact Raphael. If you have interest in other music (or other arts) and would like to get involved, or have the desire to learn, please visit  our Music and Education ministry website.