In 1955, in a small village in southern Sweden, church organist and schoolteacher Erik Karp wanted to reach young people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He decided to start a band. Not a rock band; a band band. In the beginning there were 10 or 12 members, all boys, half of them coming from non-Christian homes. As the band began to grow in numbers, it became apparent that God was using this group to bring faith in Jesus to the band members’ lives. Nearly fifty years later, this band, all 70 of them, are still playing to the glory of God.
The Big BIG Band from Sweden has presented over 1000 concerts in its first 48 years. The band has performed in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, England, Germany (and East Germany, before unification), Israel, and on six previous tours in America. In Sweden this group is known as “Röke Blås”. “Röke” is the name of the small village in the southern Swedish province of Skåne where the band was begun. Now members come from a 50-mile radius of Röke. “Blås” doesn’t translate well into English. It means “blows”, as in “blowing a trumpet”. Now you know why we call the group The Big BIG Band from Sweden.
Text from The Fellowship Ministries (http://www.thefellowship.com/)