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Music Outreach


There has been many bands that has passed through UMM.

There are some bands that many people never heard of.

Childhood Music Years

Music captures people all around the world-no matter what�s the genre! As I (Sal) try to reflect my earliest genre music I was first interested, I can remember it was a Disney-Mickey Mouse and Friend�s record album. My Aunt Toni introduced it to my brother, sister, and I at a young age to inspire us to exercise. The record album included a picture book of different Disney characters showing us how to perform different types of exercises. The music was very upbeat with different Disney Characters encouraging us with each type of exercise.

The genre of music changed as I got older-along with who, where, and when I was growing-up. Back in the old days (late 70�s-80�s), we had 8-tracks, records, and tapes. I remember the collection of record albums and some 8-tracks my dad had in our living room shelf. Mostly it was my dad�s, the likes of Eddie Fischer, >Pat Boone-"Cross & The Switchblade" star , Frank Sinatra, Olivia Newton-John, etc�

When I started attending grade school in St. Paul, we were obligated to join a music class. I remember singing Christmas songs and other�s depending on the holiday season throughout the year. We performed in front of the school, parents, and other community functions (e.g. senior citizens). My first instrument I got skilled in playing was a recorder, which I loved playing when I was younger. I would practice in and out of the classroom.

I don�t exactly remember what year I was in school, but public school field trips to music functions served as an influence. I was introduced to variety of music that I didn�t hear with friends, family, or peers. There was one field trip to the Minnesota Orchestra, which I marveled the beautifully designed Orchestral Hall. I remember sitting in these nice cozy chairs listening intently to the different musical instruments being played. This was going on while some of my classmates were just fooling around with one another. Another field trip was to the Ordway Theatre, where I witnessed my first out-of-school concert. It was this latin-band, which played the great songs of Los Lobos-including the famous �La bamba�. I think this was a start of soon to be now interest of international music-different language-despite this being one of the famous American pop songs in the past.

Teenage Music Years

Then in Battle Creek Middle School, I continued to play an instrument-a trumpet! I played for 2 years, but I wasn�t as good I now wished I could�ve been. It was because I didn�t take it seriously because I didn�t take the responsibility to motivate myself and I wasn�t challenged-encouraged. During my years here, I started getting into the MTV scene. I was highly influenced by my peers to listen to Heavy-Metal Music; sometimes Death Metal too! Likes of Metallica, Skid-Row, Poision, Iron-Maiden, and Guns-N-Roses. My siblings too had an influence by getting into the pop and pop-rock (e.g. Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Jets, Madonna, etc�) being played in music videos. I wasn�t too enthusiastic until I started buying tapes. Probably my first every music tape (recorded) was Tone-Loc (rap).

I started getting into rap slowly over the years (91�-95�) in high-school as I got away from the metal scene. I think hip-hop started to grow too during this time, where I somewhat got into MC-Hammer and other related genres. Also, Alternative-Music started to become more into the mainstream as Heavy-Metal slowly disappeared from the music-scene. The likes of Nirvana, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and then favorite-Stone Temple Pilots (�Core�).

College Music Years

The exposure of many genres of music growing-up made me open to get into all types of music during the �liberal-college� years at UMM. I somewhat heard a lot about Billy Ray Cyrus and other country favorites back in high school, but I never thought of actually listening to it! In Morris, the only home-based radio station plays country all day long! As I heard it all the time and being opened to learn more of my surroundings, I started to appreciated this genre of music. When I came to a personal relationship with Christ in 96�, I started to be curious of Christian music (pop, pop-rock, heavy metal, rap, hip-hop, and everything related to positive Christ-focussed music)! I never knew there was �positive� Christ-centered music until I was introduced to it by my new Christian friends.

Christian Music

When I lived in Clayton A. Gay Hall, a sister-in-Christ (Saundra-picture in this web page under Soneshine) borrowed me a tape �Mighty Years: Volume 2 80�-82� by Keith Green. His inspirational meaningful lyrics got me more into wanting to listen to more of this type of genre of music. As I was getting into the Bible, I was into music with biblical foundations. I was hungry for �soul-food� during a time of desperate need in desperate times of desperate growth! Another flashback memory was during my Junior year when someone (I think I know who it is, who never approached me in person to this day) put a Jars of Clay�s self titled album (95� Album with popular songs� �Liquid� and �Flood� in the mainstream) CD with a palm leaf (passover) underneath my windshield wipers of my then-Plymouth Voyageur Mini-Van. I still have it to this day and is still one of my favorites-thanks!

I continued to pursue any type of Christian Music, from�


"Day by Day"

  • DC Talk
  • -the first Christian band I heard live, which my brother and sisters already knew (they always are ahead of me in the music mainstream)! I had the opportunity to see them at a Billy Graham Crusade back in 1996 at the Metrodome (pictures)
    Related Sites:
    Consumed Me
    I Wish We'd All Been Ready [Live]

  • Jars of Clay

  • "Flood"

    Rock-Heavy Metal

  • Audio Adrenaline
  • Third Day
  • P.O.D., attended their concert at Fargo, ND
  • Rap

    *Note: My first CD I ever won from a radio show was a rap CD by �Ministers of the Gospel� from KCGN-Praise FM 101.5/103.9 FM when I was on-call as an RA (97�-98�) at Clayton A. Gay Hall on a Friday evening.

  • DJ Maj
  • Gospel


  • Cross Movement, saw them at Impact 00' in Atlanta, GA
  • TobyMac
  • Ska-Jazz

  • Big Dog Small Fence, saw them at East Side Park-Morris, MN
  • Dance-Techno

  • World Wide Message Tribe
  • *NOTE: Going to IVCF Dance Parties were also a introduction to Christian Music, which my friend Mark Haugen (see story down below web page) "a.k.a. D.J. Segue" played a big part. It was an awesome way to have a safe/non-alcoholic/peer pressure/be what you realy want to be party during college and after!



  • Michael W. Smith
  • Related Sites:

    Michael Card
    Healing Rain

    Healing Rain, from Brazil
    Friends are Forever
    Here I Am to Worship
    This Is Your Time

    *dedicated to Cassie Bernall (victim and martyr of school shooting in Columbine High School in Colorado)


  • Dino
  • Country

  • Bruce Haynes
  • Reggae


    My curiosity to this new Christian music scene got me interested in checking out into Christian Music Festivals (has been going on for many years, which I never knew about!-an example of how the Gospel may not be familiar to many other people in the world out there!-Romans 12:14-16), such as:

    Christian Music Concerts/Festivals


    Sonshine Music Festival-Wilmar, Minnesota

    Saundra, UMM 98' Alumn, was one of several faces I knew in this big venue in the summer of 1999.

    Jars of Clay performs under the beautiful stars at night. They shared about their mission trip to China.

    Heart of the City-Summer Picnic in the Twin Cities

    Spirit Fest Midwest-Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
    *attended this event once so far, which was in 2002 with a couple of friends. We camped (slept only 2 hours) in my Chevy Blazer with mosquitoes, which I'll never every do again! (CANCELLED in 2004)



  • Christian Music Festivals, from Christian Teens
  • Christian Music Festivals & Events, from Christian Music
  • Life Light Fest, in Sioux Falls, SD
  • T.V. Shows

  • Steel Roots T.V., christian music videos
  • In fact, I was gung-ho going to several booths between stages and concerts meeting these bands. The rise of Christian Music got really noticed by the media around 2002-last year-when it was in the front covers of Newsweek (have this copy).

    Personal Cool Stories Here are some cool-funny personal stories:

    There was one-time I was asking booking information from this racial-unified praise-gospel-worship band from the Twin Cities at one SoF in Wilmar, MN. One of the lady members asked me if I was a booking agent-laughing and responding �no�. Another one was being in front by the stage of a Salvador concert in a small stage of Soneshine one year. They were a rising latino-american band from Austin, Texas. A youth pastor that I�ve become friends with from Morris pointed me out to the lead-singer that I was the �real� Salvador, so the lead singer announced to fairly sizeable crowd for this size of stage that �Here is the real Salvador!� They were very popular because of their high-craze praise and worship latin upbeat style of music, like �Dance, like David Dance�.

    Praise & Worship

    After accepting Jesus� into my-life, the passion to grow in the knowledge of knowing Him got me into loving praise and worship music. I contribute this to the awesome praise and worship times at IVCF and my local church in St. Paul and Morris.

    I started to purchase many CD�s of this Christian genre along with my other contemporary-gospel-hip-hop-rap music from being a member of Columbia House�s �Praise & Glory�. Below are other Christian membership groups:

    Now, after doing international student ministry at the local college I used to attend, I�m now searching for international christian music. Please send me an e-mail of any good websites to be added down below=>



  • Sammy Okanson, from Nigeria


  • Gary Valenciano, pop artist from the Philippines
  • D.J. Bunny, dance-techno Fil-Am artist from CA of Micah Media


    World Wide Message Tribe

  • Joy Electric, who I saw at Alexandria�s �Burning Bush�
  • Steve Kuban, saw in concert at �Hear & Obey�


  • Parachute Band, from New Zealand (saw at KCGN-Lake Geneva Christian Center)


  • Jaci Velasquez

  • *one of my first Christian-music artist cd, which I actually had the "hots" for her after becoming a Christian in 1996. She performed nearby-Glenwood, which I somehow couldn't make it to the concert. This is before she became more-popluar! I would later send a letter to her and she replied with a personal authograph-wow, I was touched!-thanks/gracias Jaci!
  • Salvador
    Margaux (A&O Member from Chicago, IL) and I pose with the group Salvador (from Austin, TX) at Sonshine Festival 99' in Wilmar, MN

    Below are some other Christian concerts I�ve had the opportunity to attend:

    As I write this on a early Saturday morning on November 8th of 2003, I�m currently listening to KUMM-a local campus radio station. I just missed winning 2-$1 gift certificates to DQ-too bad! Anyways, I was at the station visiting a Filipino-American friend of mine the other night. He�s know as �The Orchestra�, who plays many West-Coast Hip-Hop music as he grew-up and still lives in California�s Bay Area. It was my first time at the radio station since I used to do a show during the summertime in 2002 called �GoodNews UMM-Morris Radio Show�. I was there last night to check-out his show, which his siblings happens to be visiting this weekend. They started freestyling, which has been known to be familiar through M&M�s 8 Mile. I haven�t heard this too for awhile since going-up to Atlanta, GA for a African-American focussed Christian Conference called Impact Movement. I went with two Minnesota guys to catch a Greyhound Bus to meet other Twin City folks (many from the Twin Cities �Alpha & Omega�), which they would go back-n-forth freestyling. I witnessed more Gospel oriented rap, hip-hop music, and dances at the conference�s talent show (in video!).

    Rap Stereotype: �I love Rap Music� (by D.C. Talk)

    I�ve heard that Rap music is always sex, violence, money (mentioned by �The Orchestra�) and many other immoral ethics. I say to them that goes with Heavy-Metal (some plant �seeds of hate� that are deceiving to one�s ears)�.

    Only A Couple Examples:
    Singer/Song with Backward Message

    ACDC�s (80�s heavy metal) �Night Prowler�-�Listen to me! I�m from Hell! They killed me. I�m the law. I said so/Islide in evil. I�m the Lord Lucifer. White owl.�
    Queen (80�s rock) �Another One Bites the Dust�-�It�s fun to smoke marijuana�-I first found this out attending UMM�s General Psychology class, where the professor played it backwards in front of t he 300+/- students at the Science Auditorium when I was a Sophomore (96�-97�)

    Chapter 8 �Exposing the Deeds of Darkness� by Radziwill �Reggie� F. Santiago in �Signs of Wonders� by JHMT�s Dante Veluz, pastor I met from "Hear & Obey� Conference

    and all types of music in different extremes. This gives me an opportunity to share about positive-Christian music!

    Many Christian Rap or Hip-Hop in fact are �preaching� against many social-injustice (e.g. racism in our society and the world overall. For example, I was looking at my Christian CD�s that I haven�t touched for awhile, and I found this cool saying in the back of one of the covers�

    Album: Erace

    This album is the musical expression of frustration

    this is not, nor was it intended to be a singularly focussed attack on any one race of people in fact it is meant to serve as an indictment for all of us, we constantly look to blame a system for our ills, when in fact the system cannot act without its human operators, and that is the essence of why this album was made. To point out the fact that we collectively and individually are the root and derivative of all human suffering no one is exempt from their sinful human nature not the white people or black people or rich people, or poor people, nor are Catholics, or Protestants, muslims, or hindus. It�s people that hate not colors or an ideology. And once we recognize this fact, we can shift our efforts on changing one thing-ourselves, we are simply called to be the progenitors of love, yet we spawn of the color war and give our children the legs to walk away from the finger pointingthe only panacea is love and we nailed that to the cross. We have a long way to go but each step we make toward change is an important one. This is our first step. erace

    �For us to focus on color in trying to solve racial injustice, would be like a doctor focusingon the symptoms of a disease rather than the disease itself, which we all know is a backwards approach to healing.�- The Gotee Brothers�

    Other songs:
    �Color of Love� by D.C. Talk

    Good News UMM-Morris-World!

    As I mentioned in the beginning of this website, all types of genres of music reach all types of people. My experienced with this gave me an idea to play my boombox when I used to do the GoodNews UMM Table both at the Student Center and Food Service (a.k.a. PFM) in 99�-01�. It�s a tool to share the Gospel in a less direct way, like preaching publicly, to the world. Several days ago, I attended ASA�s 12th annual talent show at UMM�s Student Center. As many previous Talent Show�s (example: �Eye of the Sparrow� won first place one year!) , a seed of faith was planted through the various talents�-improve drama, acousitc guitar w/vocal music (to Soldier�s �Love can wait�), and dance.

    You can find this too in the national-global scene! I�ve been observing the music industry out there and if you pay attention, they are many �seeds of faith�-like �Sowing the Seeds of Love� from Tears for Fears; music out their in the popular music scene. Maybe the artists isn�t Christ-like, but who are we to judge that they are not or will be someday. Below are some examples of some of my past-current favorites:


  • Stone Temple Piolots, "Core"-best album
  • Pop

  • Michael Jackson�s

  • "Beat it"

  • Jars of Clay
  • *Note: Jars of Clay�s , DC Talk, Six Pence the Richer, Lenonti (back in the 80�s), and others� has had their music out there!
    UB40 Red Red Wine 1983

    "UB40's Lead Singer Releases Solo Album Running Free, the new album from UB40's frontman Ali Campbell, is a reggae-soul-pop tour de force. It features The World's Greatest Rhythm Section, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, collaborations with some legendary singers and musicians, several sublime cover versions, and the unique voice and songwriting excellence of Mr Red Red Wine himself."
  • Whitney Houston

  • Related Sites:
    Whitney Houston - "I Wanna Dance with Somebody"

    Greatest Love of All, from
    *Greates t Love of All
    " I believe that children are our future
    Teach them well and let them lead the way
    Show them all the beauty they possess inside
    Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
    Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be "

    I Will Always Love You
    *other genres (Gospel)

    Rock-Heavy Metal

  • Alice Cooper, shares his newfound faith (2000) as a rock n' roll star still (80's rock star growing up! Testimonies: Jesus Jornal, Worldnetdaily,
  • Guns N' Roses

  • Concerts:
  • Patience - Guns N' Roses (TOKIO), from

  • Videos:
    "Paradise City Guns n Roses"

    Knocking On Heaven's Door
    November Rain

  • Warrant�s �Heaven�
  • Bon Jovi�s �Living on A Prayer�
  • Third Day
  • P.O.D.
  • *Note: P.O.D has also and currently out there!


  • Masam Betha, now currently a pastor down south (saw his testimony in TBN 9/25/30)
  • Hip-Hop

  • MC Hammer�s �You Got to Pray Everyday�
  • -who currently is in ministry!
  • Bones Thug�s N� Harmony�s �Crossroads�
  • -I literally thought this was a Christian group when I first came to a personal relationship with Christ. I saw their video on MTV, which they had angels and being knew to Christianity-I thought it was Godly Awesome!


  • Michael W. Smith
  • Mercy Me�s �I Can Only Imagine�
  • -I played this in my blazer that was used for my local church�s softball team during the �Pioneer Prairie Day�s Parade� in July of Summer 03� in Morris
    *Note: Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant (has appeared in Target commercials), and other�s have made it out there


  • Garth Brooks
  • Disney

  • Prince of Egypt�s Soundtrack, with songs like, �Through Heaven�s Eyes� by Brian Stokes Mitchell, �The Rivery� by Christian R&B artists-CeCe Winans, and many other songs that this movie is based on the Bible�s Old Testament: Exodus.
  • Lion King�s �Hakuna-Matata�

  • *saw the musical theatre performance at the Orpheum Theatre with my family in it's opening year (98') before it went to Broadway

    Circle of Life
    Hakuna Matata (No Worries)
    I just can't wait to be king
    -Other Artists' versions
    can you feel the love tonight
  • Alladin

  • "A Whole New World"

    Related Sites:
    A Whole New World (Multilanguage)
    alladin central, unofficial fan site

    Many of the Billboard�s Top 10 has been songs of love, which I realized after hearing that from a sermon-message at come Christian service I attended awhile back. Love can�t be found in materialism or any worldly thing-humans: mate, spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc� because they are only temporarily and they will always dissapoint you. The real and best source of love is through a personal relationship with the Eternal Heavenly Father through His Son Jesus Christ-personal testimony.

    Reccomended Resources



  • House of Echoes, a local band from UMM!
  • Clubs

  • Club 1, on 3904 County Road 42 NE (less than a mile north of Bugga Boo Bay)
  • Choir

  • UMM Choir, under the direction of Ken Hodgson-nationally known!
  • Talent Shows

    Annual Morris Talent Show at East Side Park, every Thursdays for 4 weeks prior to the annual "Prairie Pioneer Days" in July

  • Alex Jacees, auditions usually start the second weekend of November for it's Dec 1st weekend "Jingle Bells Telethon"


  • Jazz club joins growing list of St. Paul music schools, from St. Paul Pioneer Press (Thu, Oct. 23, 2003)
  • Artists

  • Prince & the NPG,
  • Prince Music at
    " (born June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is an iconic artist, having released several hundred songs, both under his own name and through other artists. Regarded as a perfectionist, Prince is known for being highly protective of his music. He produces, composes, arranges and performs nearly all of the songs on his albums. He has been dubbed a genius due to the quality of his compositions and proficiency at various instruments. [1]"
    Purple Rain, from wikipedia
    " I never meant 2 cause U any sorrow
    I never meant 2 cause U any pain
    I only wanted one time 2 see U laughing
    I only wanted 2 see U laughing in the purple rain"

    Music Groups

  • Africa Jam, a South African/Minnesotan group featured in Star Tribune's Sunday, Dec 26th 2004
  • Children 18:3, local church rock band from Morris-Starbuck, MN
  • Heaven Bound Trio, soft-music inspirational music from some town north of Alexandria, MN

  • *referred by Judy, who oversees the group home I work at. They came to Morris on June 19th of 2004 to play for Prairie Community Services' Morris area grouphomes
  • Firestarters from Perham, MN, have toured all over including Morris more than 4x!

  • *they have an awesome weekly Bible Study, which my friend goes almost every other week (drives 1+ hour) and I go when I can!
  • Jeremy Erickson, solo artist from Warroad area
  • 3 Pete, women's contemporary group from the Twin Cities

  • *referred by a friend-Gina
  • We 3 Kings, rock band from Brainard area

  • *saw them at Starbuck's Heritage Days (4/2/04) w/ Children 18:3 (Jesus Freak version and Creation/Evolution share was awesome)


  • East Metro Music Academy", in Suburban Ave in St. Paul
  • MacPhail Center for the Arts in Minneapolis
  • Music Tech College, in downtown St. Paul



  • "Viewers of the 47th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 13, should keep their eyes and ears open for the results in the Pop/Contemporary Gospel category. This year, Christian Native American group RainSong is up for a Grammy for their CD "Rising Son." If they win, this will be only the second time that a Christian Native artist has won a Grammy'


  • "Spiritual Journey", how faith has influenced 12 music icons!
  • Hip-Hop
  • Equipment

  • Carvin,world's # factory direct music store
  • Kempke, more equipment!
  • Miscellaneous Genres

  • Rasputina, variety

  • *introduced to me from Sunshine, from TX (Mar 30th of 2007)
  • Jesus Freak Hideout: Christian MusicA-Z bands
  • Carman, Mission 3:16-Fulfilling the Great Commission of Matt. 28
  • Christian Concerts
  • Christian Music
  • Christian Music Online
  • Crosswalk
  • Embass Music, talent search
  • Exultate
  • Gotee Records, christian artists
  • Movie Soundtracks

    Soundtrack Lyrics Source #1
    1986: Romance/War. Hanks' presence adds to this otherwise average soaper-romance, about an American flyer who falls for a Sephardic Jew (Marsillach) in WW2 Jerusalem.
    Director: Moshe Mizrahi. Cast Includes: Tom Hanks and Cristina Marsillach.-from moscow
    Margaret Fenell's, from

  • Listen to Everytime We Say Goodbye, from MP3
  • Lyrics from Natalie Cole
  • Video, from
  • Radio Stations

  • Born Again Radio, "America's best mix of Christian music"
  • CM, miscellanous

  • *found on Itunes

    Talent Shows

  • Exalting Him, on TBN
  • Television Shows

  • Lawrence Welk Show, from Wikipedia

  • " A Lawrence Welk edited clip"
    *grew-up watching this as a little kid


    Global Mixed

  • ARC Music, folk from around the world
  • Ryythm House, spiritually driven
  • Shanchie, various genres from all around
  • World Music
  • Missions

  • Carpenters Tools, using music as a tool to break language barriers to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ
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    This Website is Dedicated to Mark �D.J. Segue� Haugen

    Mark Haugen has played a big role in helping me come to a growing relationship with Christ since I first met him at UMM. I really and still look up to him after his Christ-like leadership role in IVCF when I was a student-member back in the �old days� 1996-1999. Mark, God has really used you to use mass-media to reach the �lost� and encourage believers in their faith-especially �Matrix� dude!

    Today (Wednesday, September 20th 2006), I would like to add more to this site tribute to Mark and also Anna. This couple and their 2 kids (Ellie and Tabitha) will be leaving Morris in a couple of weeks (Sunday, October 1st). Tomorrow, there will be a pot-lock blessing farewell get-together for this family at East Side Park. Unfortunately, I'll not be able to attend. Instead, I would like to share some memorable moments...

    -UMM IVCF: I got to know Mark and Anna pretty good as college students through various events-Smithton Outpouring in Missouri Trip (w/Anna and others); Morris Community Church Spring Break Mission Trip to Clearbrook and Marshall; Gospel Explosion and Picnic in the Park (1st); Jericho Prayer Walk; IVCF Exec Candidates Search Prayer Committee; etc..
    -UMM Alpha & Omega
    -Summer Institute of Ministry Training School: I was classmates with Mark and Anna before they got married
    -Many Concerts-Newsboys (Fargo, ND), Sonshine Festival-Salvador! (Wilmar, MN), One Voice (Fargo, ND), Firestarters (Perham and other cities across MN), Children 18:3 (local punk rock band), Jeremy Erickson, Heart of the City (racial and church denominations in unity for Christ in the Twin Cities)etc...
    *I wasn't able to be there when Mark got on stage w/ Kirk Franklin-awesome man!
    -Weddings: Mark & Anna, Dan& Crystal (2001), Prince & Patience (2006)
    -Homegroup Bible Studies
    -some challenges or seasons in life too!

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