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Jeff and the CTS Band: On behalf of the City of Gallup, I want to thank you for your performance at our Historic El Morro Theatre on September 10, 2016. Your original music, with thought-provoking verse, was the perfect match for our Remembrance Weekend to honor our Veterans and all First Responders.

Thank you for your inspirational performance and thank you for your patriotism and compassion for your fellow man. Your band confirmed that music truly is the “doctor of the soul.”

I personally am in awe of your group’s musical talent. Through your inspiring performance, I find myself even more dedicated and driven to serve our citizens and support those who protect us.

Gratefully,
Mayor Jackie McKinney
“The Most Patriotic Small Town in America”
Gallup, New Mexico
Jackie McKinney

Mayor

110 West Aztec Avenue

Gallup, NM 87301

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IMG_1694To Whom It May Concern:
I want to commend to you Jeff Senour. I know Jeff as a friend and commend him to you as a committed Christian. He does not just attend Red Mountain Community Church. He is active in our ministry. Jeff understands churches and church work and shares the larger vision for the mission of the local Church. He has a great heart to use his abilities to help local churches do more in their communities.

Jeff and his band CTS, recently performed a benefit concert at our church that raised money for a charity that ministers locally to teenage moms. It is a charity that we support and would love to do more for. Jeff was able and willing to add his efforts to ours and so help raise money for this important cause.

The thing I love about Jeff is that he pays attention to detail and leaves no stone unturned in terms of his preparation for the event. All who worked with Jeff expressed this to me and all of them felt the show came off very well. Most importantly it successfully raised money! The people from the charity that benefited all expressed that Jeff was a joy to work with. I highly recommend partnering with Jeff to accomplish more for the concerns of your community!

Bob Fox
Lead Pastor
Red Mountain Community Church
Mesa, Arizona

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May 20, 2016

To Whom It May Concern: I want to commend to you Jeff Senour. I know Jeff as a friend and commend him to you as a committed Christian. He does not just attend Red Mountain Community Church. He is active in our ministry. Jeff understands churches and church work and shares the larger vision for the mission of the local Church. He has a great heart to use his abilities to help local churches do more in their communities. Jeff and his band CTS, recently performed a benefit concert at our church that raised money for a charity that ministers locally to teenage moms. It is a charity that we support and would love to do more for. Jeff was able and willing to add his efforts to ours and so help raise money for this important cause. The thing I love about Jeff is that he pays attention to detail and leaves no stone unturned in terms of his preparation for the event. All who worked with Jeff expressed this to me and all of them felt the show came off very well. Most importantly it successfully raised money! The people from the charity that benefited all expressed that Jeff was a joy to work with. I highly recommend partnering with Jeff to accomplish more for the concerns of your community! Bob Fox

Lead Pastor
Red Mountain Community Church
Mesa, Arizona

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landaker1Dear Jeff: a very good friend of mine, Tracy Maletti, sent me your song where you sing about our military and their sacrifices. Thank you for bringing to light the pain and devastation that is felt by those left behind. My son decided to enlist after 9-11 to help preserve our freedoms. His death has left a void in everyone who had the honor of loving and knowing him. But it was the right decision for him and that helps us understand his dedication and commitment to his country and the sacrifice he was prepared to give. Thank you again for your dedication and commitment to our military members and their families.

– Laura Landaker
Gold Star Mother & President, Seven Stars Foundation, Inc.

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lbonner_200I am the education director for the Corona Symphony Orchestra in Corona, California. Our Conservatory Students and Youth Symphony recently performed with the CTS Rock Band as part of the Freedom Rock Experience. My phone and email have been burning up with the positive comments from students, parents and audience members.

Our students worked very hard to prepare the music and their efforts were greatly rewarded with the professionalism, courtesy and outright joy that CTS brought to the event.

The program included an honor guard, Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, and other dignitaries. I was pleased to see our students interact with the very positive social forces.

The CTS musicians interacted with the student musicians throughout the rehearsal, sound check and concert, and recognized them for their work. The band worked very well with our local conductor to create a strong communication from CTS to the conductor to the students, and back to CTS. Not easy to do in just one combined rehearsal.

This will be an event that the students will remember for many years. CTS was even able to work in our youngest students for one giant combined number which included the band, the orchestras and the beginning students. This was “Reach for the Sky.”

Overall, it was night of inspiring people, inspiring music and inspiring performances.

– Lori Bonner, BA, MA
Education Director, Corona Symphony Orchestra and Conservatory

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sbonner_200I am the conductor of the Corona (California) Youth Symphony Orchestra and of the Corona Symphony Conservatory. As well, I assist with the string program at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

This evening these three groups combined to perform with the CTS Rock Band as part of their Freedom Rock Experience. It was unbelievable! My students will be talking about this for years.

The CTS band were prepared, professional and profoundly motivating. The individual players in the band interacted with the student musicians to create a memorable and entirely positive experience. The drummer, Joe, interacted with me as a conductor with such consistency and precision that tiny ripples disappeared by adjustments that he made, and that the band adjusted to instantly. It was remarkable.

The music was itself inspirational, patriotic and a just fun. With string players, the opportunities to get up out of their seats and just absorb themselves in both the music and the concert environment are rare. My students were rocking out.

The music was challenging, but well within their range, and CTS understands that when working with groups with little combined rehearsal time between the students and CTS that the rock band has to be on top of its game to create a strong musical performance. CTS did that and more.

Our groups made some money, and that is always helpful. Groups are constantly having to fundraise, and tonight we made a good profit, had hundreds of people in the audience and just played music.

Jeff Senour and the CTS Rock Band created magic for my students. The videos and graphics, the lights, the fog machine and the rock and roll music that, as a teacher, I didn’t have to worry about the message were unparalleled.

Thanks CTS. You created memories that will last for years and years and gave my students a performance opportunity that they would not have had any other way.

What an experience!!!

– Scott Bonner, BA, MA, JD
Conductor, Corona Youth Symphony and Corona Symphony Conservatory

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IMG_0737Thank you jeff for letting me play with you guys once again its always fun to play with the band and see all the smiling faces on the other students faces. You guys keep doing what you guys are doing which is inspiring the futures generation! You guys really do inspire us students to accomplish our dreams and help others when they really need help. I have been doing alot more volunteering around school and outside of school. Thanks to you guys! You and the band AMAZING and inspirational and i love that cause when you bring students the freedom rock experience the next day thats what the whole school is talking about and how you guys are really changing the world little by little (: once again thank you jeff for another amazing concert! I hope to do many more concerts with you guys soon!

– Andru Moeller
Student, Cello Player
Chandler High School

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ann_templetonOn October 20, 2014, the Chandler High School Chamber Orchestra rocked it out with CTS in a benefit concert that included great music, inspiring messages, and much celebration. The event was highly successful and allowed CHS students the opportunity to perform with professional artists and a full stage show, including high tech lighting and video. It was amazing and our musicians loved it! Jeff Senour was instrumental in organizing the top notch performance, and helped us maximize our fundraising through ticket sales, advertising, and auctioning items. His creativity and enthusiasm were catching; our students, orchestra director, and I really enjoyed working with Jeff and CTS!

– Ann Templeton
Assistant Principal
Chandler High School

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Tonight was a fun night!! Thanks to Jeff Senour and the rest of the CTS band. This group is just amazing they go around the country playing with high schools and helping them achieve their dreams. I have learned a lot tonight!

Everyone has a best friend that they are close to and can tell anything and everything to you should keep it that way so no one feels like they have no one to come to when they need it. Keep it to where you guys are close because you will never know when they will be gone your friend could be gone tomorrow.

I like the saying Jeff Senour said tonight. “On a plane there is turbulence and in life there is turbulence you will never know what comes next exceptionally when that turbulance hits” just remember everyone needs a friend or love and we should show that more to each other I sure know me and my best friend show each other love she loves me so much she came to the concert just for me lol!! If anybody ever needs someone to talk to at school or anywhere I will take time to talk to you guys!!

Thank you once again for the wonderful concert! Thank you to the audience as well supporting Wendi VanBriesen and the Chandler High music program!

– Andru Moeller
Student
Chandler High School Orchestra, Chandler, AZ

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