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Local bands perform concert to honor musical 'father'

March 21, 2013|By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com
  • Winston and Susan Herbst provide indoor and outdoor venues for Christian musicians at their Old Forge Rd. farm. They provide a drug- and alcohol-free environment for area teens at concerts that often occur several times weekly...--
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Susan Herbst said she didn’t have a choice about deciding whether to continue with the concerts at Right Choice Ministries, which she founded with her late husband, Winston.

“He kind of made that decision for me,” she said. “He made me promise that I would continue it.”

Susan Herbst said before her husband’s death on Dec. 23, he told her he wanted her to continue with the Hagerstown ministry that provided a place where local teens could gather and listen to clean music in a safe and drug-free environment.

She didn’t realize, though, the next concert would be on their wedding anniversary in January. Winston died about three weeks before their 43rd anniversary. Herbst said some people suggested she cancel the concert, but she decided to continue.

“It was such a blessing. Because instead of sitting in here crying all evening,” she said, her voice cracking, “I was surrounded by wonderful young people. God works things out in mysterious ways.”

To help Herbst fulfill her promise to her husband and also as a way to pay tribute to the man many of the teens called a father figure, there will be Winston Herbst Benefit Show from 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the ministry.

Jon Koch of Hagerstown, who performs with the band May Weather, and Morgan Schrader of Smithsburg, who performs with the band My Favorite Colour, have joined forces to bring the concert to fruition.

“We wanted a way to show what RCM not only means to the bands, but just to the community as well,” Koch said.

He said the concert will feature 12 bands; 11 of which got their start at RCM.

“It wasn’t supposed to be another show of touring bands,” Schrader said.

The bands scheduled to perform are May Weather, My Favorite Colour, My Ransomed Soul, Hometown Heroes, Next to Nothing, Lights on the Atlantic, Morning Banana Diet, Random Holiday, Matinee@Midnight, Ascention and Vadalia.

Schrader said the concert’s 12th band, The Eleventh Hour, didn’t get its start at RCM but frequently plays there.

The bands’ music ranges in genre from rock to ska to punk to heavy rock. Schrader said they’d like to raise money to help RCM continue with its programs.

 Koch said this is a way for the teens to say goodbye to Winston. Some couldn’t attend his funeral, he said, because a snowstorm hit the area the same time as the memorial service.

Koch is hoping for a great turnout, saying that on the event’s Facebook page there are 200 people who said they’re coming. He said the event will be more about music than a memorial.

Schrader agreed. “We want to be upbeat.”

As for Herbst, she thinks her husband would be proud of the teens and young adults.

“He would be so excited that they thought that much of him,” she said.



If you go ...       

WHAT: Winston Herbst benefit show

WHEN: 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 23

WHERE: Right Choice Ministries, 20204 Old Forge Road, Hagerstown

COST: $10

CONTACT: Call 301-797-8157





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