Welcome Back To Rochester, NY, One Of Canada’s Best: The Torchmen

The Torchmen in concert at the Parkridge Free Methodist Church. Located at 10 Straub Road Rochester, New York 14626. No ticket needed but we will be taking a love offering to help them with their expenses. Come and receive a real blessing. Call 585-329-3840 for more information.

By Joyce Spamer

If you have not yet been able to attend one of Southern Gospel NY’s concerts this year, you have missed a great time of fellowship with the Lord.

So far in 2017, Southern Gospel NY has had 4 concerts in the Rochester area and on September 16th we are proud to be bringing in The Torchmen – one of Canada’s most loved gospel group.

Based in Southern Ontario, Canada, The Torchmen have been singing southern gospel music for over 40 years. In 1969 four men including Walt Andres met at Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church in St. Catharines, Ontario and embarked on a journey only a creative and sovereign God could imagine. Just a few months after the journey began, a young Mike Moran joined the group after being part of the Hisey Brothers Quartet. Many faces have been part of the Torchmen over the years, with Sandy, Jeff and Jon being part of the lineup at different times. Each of these men have many years of experience behind them, and are looking forward to new experiences God has planned for them.

The group consist of 4 very talented men:

Mike Moran: Mike was born in Cambridge Ontario, or as he remembers, Hespeler, Ontario and joined the Torchmen back when it began. He and his wife Roberta now live in St. Catharines where they raised three children who are now grown with families of their own. Mike, who was an accomplished water skier in his youth, started out singing “rock and roll” as a teenager, but when he found the Lord, he traded his “doo-waps” for praises, singing with many groups before joining the Torchmen. For many years he hosted “Gospel North”, a radio program in the Niagara region playing both current and “Golden Oldies” of southern gospel music. The CGMA showed their appreciation to Mike when he was awarded a “Lifetime Achievement” award. Now that the children have left the nest, Mike and Roberta enjoy travelling.

Jon Hisey: Jon has known, and been known by the Torchmen since they began back in the late sixties. Growing up in St. Catharines, literally around the corner from Mike Moran, it was not uncommon to have Mike at the house, whether he was singing with his dad, and uncles, or just getting notes on how to keep a car clean. Jon officially started singing with the Torchmen in 1983 just after his uncle John had left the group. Since then he has been a vital part of many recordings, and concert promotions. Jon has been married to Joyce since 1989, and they have 2 daughters who are either in university or will be very shortly. Jon works for Yake Engineered Multimedia Systems designing, installing and servicing sound and video systems for churches all across Ontario. The owner of the company is Dave Yake of the Watchmen quartet, so there is often discussion about southern gospel music around the water cooler.

Jeff Tritton: Jeff grew up in a family who loved music and who strived to do what God intended. His parents were a part of a family singing group called “The Brothers and Sisters.” All through his formative years he travelled with family ministering across Ontario. At one point he even had a ventriloquist dummy he named “Elfred” who assisted him in ministry to kids, and who now “fends off trespassers.” Jeff’s first experience with the Torchmen was back about 1992 when Mike called him on a Wednesday night, to see if he could sing on Friday night with 2 other guys he had never met before. Since then Jeff has been cautious when Mike calls, but it has lead to several great recordings such as “Payday is Coming,” “Timeless”, and “Here, There, or In The Air.” Jeff is married to Carol who, according to Jeff “is a rock, a solid person who shows me grace and strength” in spite of how crazy he gets. Jeff and Carol share 5 children, and are nana and papa to one granddaughter.

 Sandy MacGregor: Born and raised in Kitchener Ontario, Sandy has been married to his lovely wife Heidi for 35 years, they have two children. Their oldest, Tim, and his wife Allison pastor a church in NFLD, and their youngest Christine and her husband Jason pastor a church in Mississippi. Sandy and Heidi have four grandchildren, Robbie, Ethan, Pearl, and Cade. At the age of 17, after a few years of turmoil as a youth and experiencing a broken family, Sandy rededicated his life to Christ influenced by his Godly mother. He began singing southern gospel music at age 17 first joining “The Watchmen Quartet.” At age 22, his music ministry continued with “The Chapelaires,” a country gospel mixed quartet, where he sang lead for 4 years. Sandy also sang baritone for both “The Chrystalaires” and “The Royal City Quartet.” He sang lead for “The Singing Canadians” for two years. Sandy also sang with both his son and daughter in a Christian outreach band called “Damascus” which he formed, sang lead and wrote many of the songs. Sandy is probably best known for singing with “The Torchmen Quartet” where he sang lead in the 1980’s for 3 years and then tenor in the 1990’s for 4 years and now has been singing tenor since 2006. Sandy’s tenor voice has been compared to Rosie Rozell of “The Statesmen Quartet.” In their spare time, Sandy and Heidi spend time on their boat or travelling to NFLD and Mississippi visiting their grandchildren.

If you are looking for a great night out, come and enjoy The Torchmen. September 16, 2017 at Parkridge Free Methodist Church. 10 Straub Road Rochester, New York 14626. Concert will start at 7:00 PM and no tickets needed. However, there will be a love offering taken, so come prepared to give an offering to help in the ministry of this gospel group.

For more information feel free to contact Joyce or Bob Spamer at 585-329-3840 or email us at sgny777@aol.com. We also would love for you to check out our web site www.sgny.net.

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