Fields of My Youth
Larry Yancey has been involved in music ministry as a song writer, guitarist and worship leader for over 25 years. He is currently the worship pastor of the 8000 member Casas Church in Tucson Arizona. SHORT BIOGRAPHY Larry first burst on the scene in 1980 with the Christian music group 'Heaven Bound' where Larry created quite a buzz with his guitarplaying and writing at age 19. The bands solid grooves, Larry's fiery guitar solos, some creative song writing and tight vocal harmonies keep the band busy performing throughout their homebase in Michigan. Time took it's toll though and after three years the group dissolved as great friends in 1983. In 1984, Larry again teamed up with fellow band mates and formed the Christian music group 'Signals' who performed through out the Midwest opening for popular Christian music acts like Rez Band, Russ Taff, Phil Keaggy, Bash-n-the-code, Mylon Lefever and Broken Heart among many others. The band wrote many memorable pop/rock songs that eventually made there way on to the bands only CD release 'Signals' in 1988. The band recorded the project at Sweetwater Studio's in Ft. Wayne, IN. after winning a tri-state band contest. The band got a few record company nibbles but never secured that elusive deal. After 'Signals' disbanded in 1989, Larry felt the call to turn his attension and music in the direction of church work. Ministering in and through the church became his main passion. He joined Kalamazoo Community Church to become their Programming/Music Director. In 1993 while still serving at KCC, Larry formed a music trio called 'In Not Of'. Although the band failed to make a CD, they were finalists in a 1995 national Christian music competition sponsored through Contemporary Christian Magazine. The next year, Larry took a church position at Palm Beach Community Church in Florida. Larry was there for 3 years then moved to California to join the church staff at Clayton Community Church in the bay area. Larry was there for 3 1/2 years before landing in Tucson Arizona where he currently serves on the leadership staff leading the Worship/music area. TOOLS OF THE TRADE Larry endorces Framus and ENGL guitar amps... uses Paul Reed Smith, Zion, Fender and Music Man electric guitars...Taylor acoustics, PBC bass and Godin/Roland guitar syths. Framus, ENGL, Marshall, Mesa Boogie and Fender amps. Line 6 preamps, TC Electronics G System and too many different floor effects pedals to mention.