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Nutramax treats all to free BBQ, music, fellowship

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By Nita Brown

The Lancaster community is invited to join together for a “Night of Inspiration and Jazz,” at the Cultural Arts Center on Friday, Sept. 9.
Around here, most folks would agree that good barbecue, good fellowship and good music makes for a mighty fine evening, with the bonus that admission and food are free.
The concert and dinner are a thank you to the community from Nutramax Laboratories, the animal health nutritional supplement manufacturer that came here in 2010. Dr. Bob Henderson, the company’s founder and chairman, said sponsoring this event was the company’s way of showing “appreciation and gratitude to this wonderful community for being so welcoming.”
Free barbecue will be served beginning at 5 p.m. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Reggie Codrington, a jazz saxophonist and songwriter, will perform with Wayne Tate, singer, songwriter and keyboardist, and be joined by the gospel choir from Rockhill Baptist Church of Heath Springs.
Both musicians are well-known recording artists. Codrington is originally from Fayetteville, N.C. One jazz reviewer describe his style as a “masterful blend of smooth jazz, old school soul, and elements of contemporary funk that is nothing short of brilliant.”
In addition to performing in his own right, he has also played with some of the top jazz artists in the business since beginning his career. Demonstrating his versatility and his faith, he also plays every Sunday at Word of Life Christian Church in Woodbridge, Va.
Codrington is no stranger to overcoming obstacles.  He has dealt since childhood with Ataxic Cerebral Palsy (ACP), a chronic condition affecting muscle coordination and depth perception. A major key to his breakthrough in music came on his 18th birthday, when he received a curved soprano saxophone, making a comfortable way for him to play.
“Something magical happened, and I knew I had found my niche,” he said.
Tate’s musical journey took him on a different path, primarily as a contemporary worship music songwriter. Many of his songs have been recorded, including “More Than Gold,” the title song for Integrity’s Sydney Olympic Games release, and by many of today’s top worship artists, including Ron Kenoly, Alvin Slaughter and Calvin Hunt of the famous Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. Perhaps his best-known live performance was in 2000, singing with Dove award winner Darlene Zschech, composer of the classic modern worship song, “Shout To The Lord,” at the Gospel Music Association (GMA) in Nashville.
Tate moved from Nashville with his family in 2003 to join the pastoral staff of Manna Church in Fayetteville, N.C.  The church has more than 8,000 members.
He is excited about the Lancaster concert and its multi-ethnic perspective.
“I really think it would be timely to make this evening, ‘A Night of Inspiration and Jazz,’ a night that brings people together,” he said.
Having a local choir join the concert is another way to show unity, he said. Henderson agreed, and he and his staff recruited the gospel choir from Rockhill Baptist Church.
Choir member Nae Mingo said of the group, “We enjoy singing for the Lord.”
Henderson said Nutramax Laboratories was proud to sponsor the event, not only to thank the community, but to offer everyone an opportunity to thank God for all his blessings.
The Cultural Arts Center is located at 307 West Gay Street in downtown Lancaster. Barbecue will be served across the street.