Christian rock group members put feelings into music

April 01, 1994|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer

A Christian rock group that calls itself One Less Stone will perform in a benefit for Carroll County's two nonprofit pregnancy centers at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Westminster High School.

"There is so much negative in the news, we wanted to do something on a positive note, especially for women who feel no hope and have nowhere to go," said Rick J. Gilmore, a guitar player who also serves on the worship team of First Assembly of God in Westminster.

"Part of our message is the value of human life, and we feel the pregnancy centers are a good cause."

Andy Quintillian, the drummer, said the centers in Taneytown and Westminster "give women alternatives to abortion and support if they keep their children."

The band has five members, all in their 20s and with ties to Carroll County. The group takes its name from the Bible.

LTC "If my people don't praise me, the rocks will cry out," said Mr. Gilmore, citing a biblical verse. "We sing praise and are one less stone to cry out."

Mr. Quintillian said he has a lifelong commitment "to the idea all life is sacred. The whole pro-life attitude is part of my religious belief."

Those beliefs seep into the band's original songs, often performed at youth rallies and coffee houses, which Mr. Quintillian calls "neutral territory for those not comfortable in church."

One Less Stone has recently released its first album, "Your Touch," which is available at area book stores. During the concert, the band will play many of the album songs, including "Celebrate Life" with its refrain: "We are defenders of the young. Save the innocent."

"We write our own songs and don't set out to write propaganda," said Mr. Quintillian. "I write my feelings, and I am a Christian. We have a positive message we want to bring to Christians and non-Christians."

The band and the lighting and stage crews are all donating their services at the concert.

"One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the pregnancy centers," said Dolly Gilmore, Rick's mother and concert organizer. "What a wonderful way to usher in Easter."

Ms. Gilmore hopes to fill the 1,200-seat school auditorium. She has written invitations to more than 1,000 people and contacted several hundred churches.

"I believe in life but I have not done much to support those beliefs," she said. "Organizing this concert is a start to what we can accomplish."

She plans to show slides of smiling children while the music plays and to introduce volunteers from the pregnancy centers.

"I hope this concert is the first of many," she said. "Who can say it's wrong to raise money to upgrade facilities and care for pregnant women and their children?"

C7 Admission is $3 at the door. Information: 484-2760.

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