Artist of the day: The Mighty Marching Lions
Drivers slow and stare as they pass the 123-member Mighty Marching Lions weaving through a church parking lot along Armenia Avenue. Some quiet radios and bounce to the beat.
It has been three years since the youth band formed at Revealing Truth Ministries, starting with seven teens and one instrument. A church member had donated the lone saxophone. Pastor Greg Powe was eager to reach teens through his 20-year-old church, which is located next to a skating rink on Armenia Avenue, south of Hillsborough Avenue.
Yes, it is unusual for a church to have a marching band. But the payoff has been significant.
The band performed in Miami last year at the Snoop Bowl and got to dance with Snoop Dogg. They also did a pregame show for the Tampa Bay Storm. And recently, they fulfilled a longtime goal to march in the Gasparilla Children's Parade.
These days, kids as young as 7 come from Tampa, Riverview, Wesley Chapel, Brandon, Sarasota and Land O’Lakes to be a part of the Mighty Marching Lions. Only one-third of them are church members.
Click here for Elisabeth Parker's full story about the Mighty Marching Lions.
Photo: Bryan Thomas, tbt*