The Fayetteville Music Hall of Fame was designed to honor those who made a difference and have became part of our local music heritage. Community Concerts is proud to present the Fayetteville Music Hall of Fame.
Bob A. Haynes
“The Singing Christmas Tree … So Meaningful to So Many”
Let the hand bells ring, the orchestra’s overture sound and the choir voice’s sing. “The Singing Christmas Tree is a part of the DNA of Snyder Memorial Baptist Church,” says Bobby A. Haynes, the retired Minister of Music, who envisioned and directed this time-honored holiday tradition at the church on Westmont Avenue with the steeple that towers over the Haymount landscape. “We never envisioned 34 years ago that ‘The Singing Christmas Tree’ would continue to be so meaningful to so many during the Christmas season. This presentation from the very beginning was to be a gift to the community from our church, and that premise has never changed.” From its christening performance in 1979, the holiday staple with its 80-member choir has stood as testament to time and Christian disciples who put their hearts and voices into this holiday gift for all.
C. Wayne Ham
“A Gift Lovingly Given to the Community”
The Reverend Wayne Ham looks back on what was to be little more than a three-night run in December, 1979, and 34 years later he marvels at “The Singing Christmas Tree,” the time-honored holiday tradition at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church, where the steeple towers over Westmont Avenue and the Haymount landscape. “Bob Haynes and I began this ministry as a way of sharing the message of Christmas,” says Ham, the retired Minister of Education. “We wanted to make it a gift to the community, and now with more than 200 performances seen by more than 150,000 people, I give thanks to the enthusiasm and talents of the staff and members of Snyder Memorial Baptist Church. ‘The Singing Christmas Tree’ continues to be a gift lovingly given to the community.”
Raymond H. Codrington
“I Can’t Think Of Life Without Music”
Ray Codrington has been blowing that horn of his long and loud and strong for nearly 50 years, from the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C., to The Groove along Old Fort Bragg Road to Hollywood studios, where his trumpet was heard in Director Frances Ford Coppola’s 1990 Godfather III soundtrack. “I’ve had a wonderful life in music and feel blessed to have helped the next generation of jazz musicians,” says Codrington, a jazz master who has performed with the likes of such renown entertainers as Miles Davis, Little Richard, Jackie Wilson, Ray Charles, Buddy Childrens, Ron Carter, Cedar Walter, Billy Higgins, Cannonball Adderly, Andrew White, Rick Henderson and the JFK Quintet. “I’m astonished and humbled this community has honored my musical career.”
Thomas Bickett Black
“My Hometown Fayetteville”
Wearing a white, bell-bottom jumpsuit with a red sequin eagle across his chest and rings on every finger, and he’s Elvis, the “King of Rock ‘N Roll.”
Put a guitar strap across his back, a pick in his fingers and a microphone to his lips, and he’s Tommy Black, and this city’s own. “Music has taken me places and introduced me to so many wonderful people,” says Black, the singer-songwriter who can belt out everything from Southern Rock to
gospel to blues to Carolina Beach Music Award hits to “My Hometown Fayetteville,” the city anthem. “Whoever would think that a skinny boy
from Massey Hill would be honored by such an outstanding award from my hometown Fayetteville.”