JBU students gather in the Cathedral of the Ozarks for chapel services several times a week. During those services, chapel bands lead the JBU body in musical worship from a stage at the top of six red steps. The Red Steps is a band committed to taking the musical worship of JBU down those red steps and out to people, coffee shops, schools and churches around the country. This band communicates the mission and ministry of JBU through testimony, music and informal conversation, and, in doing so, recruits more students to find their place in the JBU story.
The Red Steps is a band of four to six students chosen through highly competitive auditions. The band is led by faculty member, Jen Edwards, and travels through the academic school year.
Listen to the Red Steps
The Red Steps recorded an album in 2011 which is available on iTunes. They also released a new single in November 2014 "Blind to Darkness." Listen below:
Meet the Band
Hello! I'm Connor Young, a senior Worship Arts major with an emphasis in Guitar Performance. JBU has been my home for the last four years – throughout that time I have been challenged relationally, spiritually, musically, and theologically. If JBU becomes your future home, you can certainly expect to see and feel the same. In my down time – albeit infrequently – I enjoy watching crappy television, eating chips and salsa, and playing TAPS every night at 10 pm on my trumpet (my neighbors aren't a fan). I think I can speak for all the members of the Red Steps when I say how eager I am to connect with all of you through our travels. See you soon!
My name is Hannah Owens, and I am a senior Worship Arts major from North Little Rock, AR. I play acoustic guitar and sing in the band. I have a passion for music, food, travelling, and writing liturgy for the church. I am a fourth-year vocal student studying both contemporary and classical voice, a member of Cathedral Choir, as well as a chapel band leader. Studying music and theology at JBU has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I love getting to travel and share stories with other students looking to possibly attend JBU. Also, I enjoy a good Netflix show, running, and sometimes putting maple syrup in my coffee! (real maple syrup only, no imitators)
Yo! My name is Matt Branum and I am a sophomore double major in History and Philosophy. I play electric guitar in the Red Steps and am also involved chapel band on campus. I love books, speciality coffee, mountainous landscapes, mini-golf, secondary colors, and anything that smells old. One of my favorite parts of JBU is the diversity of opportunities and organizations to be involved in throughout campus. Not only are students able to grow in knowledge but they are also able to grow in spirit through all that JBU offers and this is something that I have personally enjoyed immensely.
My name is Nephtali Cantú, and I am currently in my third year here at JBU. I began at JBU studying Music Education with an emphasis in Voice, and last year I added a minor in Worship Arts. Some of the groups I've been involved with here include; Cathedral Choir, Chapel Band, Growth Groups, Breakaway, Ability Tree, and of course Red Steps. Many of these groups have given me the opportunity to travel. I have been to Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Texas, and this upcoming year I will be going to Northern Ireland with the JBU Cathedral Choir. Apart from providing many opportunities to see the world, JBU has been a school where not only my academic knowledge has been expanded, but also a place where I have been challenged and stretched in my faith. In my spare time, you can find me yelling at Michael in "The Office", sleeping in my hammock, or watching a movie with friends in Jones Recital Hall (don't tell campus security...).
My name is Justin Howe and I am a sophomore Digital Cinema major here at JBU! I love watching and making movies, playing and listening to music, and especially coffee! I have loved my time at JBU so far, especially getting the opportunity to travel and play with the Red Steps!