Trumpets of Joy
The Trumpets of Joy have been called to the ministry of music to praise His name, cry loud, encourage, and proclaim the goodness of the Lord. Their ministry is for those in the body of Christ to remain steadfast and to tell those outside that Jesus saves.
The Trumpets of Joy is a gospel male quartet originated the year of 1952 in the steel working town of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania by William "Shorty" Freeman. At that time the group name was the Golden Bells and in 1962 the name was changed to the Trumpets of Joy. When William Freeman passed the group was passed down to his son Pastor Joe Louis Freeman, Sr. and the group has continued on lifting up the name of Jesus.
The group has three of the original members, which is the following lead singers: Pastor Joe L. Freeman,Sr.(76), Deacon Babe Lott(83), and Deacon Roscoe Peake, Sr(83). Also, the group has third generation members of the Freeman Family (Joe L. Freeman, Jr., A. Glenn Freeman, Minister Dwight Sims, and Kevin Freeman, Sr.) and along with the rest of the members (Vernon Young, Elder Michael Kirkland, and Quentin Newsome).
The group has traveled to Indiana, Ohio, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Throughout this journey many have been called home to live with the Lord and the group has revamped and added some new school flavor with the old school wisdom which has created a vision to record and minister throughout. Leads Deacon Lott (83), Roscoe Peake, Sr. (83), and Pastor Freeman (76) have an everlasting energy to let the world know that Jesus lives. From 244 Spaulding Street to 1010 Irwin Street the group has been in the woodshed practicing parts and making preparations on releasing a live CD. Memories of concerts that William Freeman promoted at the now demolished Jones School still stay in the memoirs of TOJ.
May 2010 the Trumpets of Joy released their first CD entitled, “Come on Here!” With songs such as: “Thank You Jesus”, “He Won’t Leave You Alone”, “Whatsoever You Need”, “Rest For the Weary”, and “On Wings of Love” is just a few that have that quartet flavor which makes you clap your hands and stomp your feet.
TOJ is back in the woodshed in 2012 practicing and preparing for their sophomore project, which will hear them singing with a widespread of harmonies and genres. Look for songs such as: “Sweet Hour of Prayer”, “Love Lifted Me”, “Martin: He Had a Dream”, “Jesus Loves Me”, "One More Time" and “Watcha Gonna Do, When the Horsemen Come.”
TOJ will attend the National Quartet Convention September 9-15 in Louisville, Kentucky. TOJ is trying to build a bridge within the southern gospel music and traditional gospel music ministries and the NQC is a great place with such great artists as Bill Gaither Vocal Band, Jason Crabb, The Crabb Family, Martins, Isaacs, Hoppers, and etc.