"Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise Him with the harp and lyre, praise Him with timbrel and dancing, praise Him with the strings and pipe, praise Him with the clash of cymbals…" Psalm 150:3-5

Instruments were used to announce the coming of the ark of the covenant in 1 Chronicles 15. Since the ark represented the presence of God, these instruments were used to announce the coming of the presence of the Lord. We use instruments to dynamically announce God’s presence each week in worship.

Sanctuary Orchestra

Led by Edd Brashier, the 35-member Sanctuary Orchestra leads First Baptist Jackson in worship 3-4 times a month. The orchestra rehearses on Wednesday nights.  Please contact Edd Brashier for more information.

Worship Band

The worship band plays with the orchestra when it leads in worship and on the one Sunday each month when the orchestra does not play. The worship band is comprised of guitars, electric bass, drum set, keyboards, and other instruments as needed. 

For more information, contact Allison Talley, volunteer coordinator of the Worship Band.

Handbell Choir

Though the Celebration Ringers Handbell Choir's main performance is in Carols by Candelight each year, they enjoy performing year round. Additionally, the church has a five octave set and a four octave set of handbells, allowing the possibility of using a double choir for a special performance.

Celebration Ringers rehearse Sundays from 4:30 to 5:30 in the Handbell Room.  Contact Edd Brashier for more information.

The Sanctuary Organ

From a combination of the original 1939 E.F. Skinner Opus 535, an M.P. Moller rebuild in 1972, and a 1989 Keates-Geissler expansion to 231 ranks by adding the 1929 Casavant-Freres organ, the current Quimby Opus 60 was masterfully rebuilt in 2004, resulting in 155 ranks and over 9,000 pipes.  It is purported to be among the 25 largest pipe organs in the world.

This beautiful instrument provides a call to worship each Sunday, using the gifts of our organist, Mississippi native James Arrington Goff. 

Learn more about the Quimby Opus 60 


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Edd Brashier

Associate Minister of Music
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Allison Talley

Worship Band Director
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James Arrington Goff

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