-This Sunday come on out to St. John the Evangelist Church, 150 Terrace Street, and enjoy some music from Full Armor starting at 6 p.m.
Full Armor is a band formed out of Middletown, N.Y. that was started seven years ago. It is made up of five best friends.
They are Doug Hutchings, 25 (keyboards); Tara Lakeman, 22 (vocals); Kyle Hancharick, 22 (acoustic guitar); Matt Juliano, 20 (drums); and Francis Zelinka, 23 (electric guitar).
"The band started when I was a senior in high school," said Hutchings.
He said that his church wanted a youth service that was family friendly and he "looked at it as an opportunity."
"I got together with some of my friends and the band formed," he stated. "We did some events and the band just grew from there."
Hutchings said that Full Armor plays a mixture of modern folk, classic rock, modern Indie and blues/folk. Some of their musical influences include Paul Simon, Ingrid Michaelson and David Wilcox.
"Our music authentically comes from the heart," he said.
Full Armor gained notoriety in 2008 after performing for over 30,000 youth at Pope Benedict XVI's youth rally in NYC. They have released five albums, perform over 60 dates per year nationwide and will perform for over 20,000 in January when they headline the 2014 March For Life Youth Rally in Washington, D.C.
"We go to youth rallies, which each diocese does and we meet different groups who call and ask us to come play," Hutchings said.
One of bigger ones they perform at is Light the Fire.
"As with all things I think we grow with our passion," Hutchings stated. "My parents always encouraged me to follow my passions. They're very supportive. When I see my family emotionally connect with songs it's amazing."
He said that his grandmother gave him a keyboard piano when he was 15 and he really got into it.
"It's great to write what you feel and use what you feel to help someone else," he said.
Prior to the concert Full Armor will lead a youth retreat for members of the congregation from 3-4 p.m. and at 5 there will be a Catholic Mass. They will play some songs with Full Armor during the mass.
"They'll help us bring equipment in and we'll go through the songs during the workshop," Hutchings said. "We're going to mentor them and show them ways they can improve with music."
He added that music inspires people and can "lead them to God."
Page 2 of 2 - "I'm looking forward to it," Hutchings said.
When it comes to the band's success, Hutchings said he "didn't expect it."
"It's really cool," he said. "It was a dream when I was younger and now it's overwhelming. It's interesting how things played out and seeing how everything unfolded. We all went to different colleges and would fly out to play together. We decided to just take this one day at a time and go with the flow. It's easier said than done but it's something I strive for."
Hutchings said that parishes bring the band out for different reasons.
"They ask us to play concerts, play during a mass, mentor youth and more," he said. "We cater what we do depending on what the church needs. Each community does different things. It's important to know that and care about it."
The public is invited to attend the concert no matter what denomination.
For more information on the band visit www.fullarmorband.com. Their music is also available on itunes.