BRIEF HISTORY OF THE GROUP
The establishment of the group could be traced back to the late Mr. Michael Ansah, an Agric Extension Officer who came on transfer from Tamale to Accra and came to reside in Sakumono in the year 1991. With his experience gained in the local singing band Tamale, in December 1991 shared his thoughts with some members of the then new congregation on the formation of the Singing Band to support the young church. By the Grace of the Almighty God, the seed fell on good soil and started growing.
The founding fathers of the group are as follows:
- Mr. M. K Ansah
- Mrs Mercy Ac. – Djangmah
- Sis. Sylvia Tetteh
- Sis. Faustina Adobea (Tetteh)
- Bro. Samuel Klufio
- Sis. Faustina Boakye
- Bro. Samuel Boakye
- Sis. Marjorie Dorcoo
- Sis. Josephine Ac- Djangmah
- Sis. Lizzy Ac- Djangmah
- Bro. Ansah Larbi
The group had their 1st meeting at the residence of the first Senior Presbyter of the Congregation in the person Mr. W.I.K Dorcoo and the first song that was learnt was entitled “ Yonkodo ne Biakoye na ye di ahyiamu yi”. As the membership grew it was appropriate to have an interim committee to steer the affairs of the association and as such the following people were elected into office in the year 1992 and they are:
- Mr. M. K Ansah – President/ music master
- Bro. Samuel Klufio – Secretary
- Mrs Mercy Ac. – Djangmah – Treasurer
- Sis. Sylvia Tetteh – Financial Secretary
- Bro. Ansah Larbi – Organising Secretary
- Bro. Samuel Boakye – Protocol
Following the election of these people the group experienced tremendous improvement in the early years of the Congregation’s growth. But as nature may have it Mr. Ansah health conditions couldn’t permit him to be so involved in the day-to-day running of the union as such Mrs. Vida Adu- Gyamfi took charge of affairs. She also doubled as the union’s mother at that time.
INAUGURATION AND OTHER EVENTS
She handled the union until it was officially inaugurated on the 26th of March 1995 at the chapel Basement and became a member of the Tema Presbyterian Singing Bands’ Union. Prior to the inauguration, new executives were elected and inducted into office which was led by Madam Mavis Gordor. Membership rose from a meagre 15 members to 45. In between times there was a bit of fluctuation in the membership though.
In the year 1998, the group became a member of the Tema Community 2 District, an East wing of the Ga Presbytery Singing Band Union when the Singing Bands’ Union was dissolved for the new structure which was in line with the PCG Administrative Structure.
The group celebrated its 10th Anniversary in July 2005 under the leadership of Mrs. Elizabeth Obiri Abedi. The group also participated in the National Singing Band Conference at Kibi for the 1st time in August 2005. The Participants were Mrs. Obiri Abedi, Nana Yaw Ohene Opare Addo, Kofi Boateng O. Danquah, Edwin Adjei and Gladys Mensah.
The current Executive Board consists of the following members:
*Evelyn Padikie Partey – President
*Ezekiel Baako – Vice President
*Vera AfarI – Secretary
*Diana Kumiwaa Obiri – Asst. Secretary
*Lydia Duku – Mother
*Juliana Glover Okai – Financial Secretary
*Henrietta Sottie – Treasurer
*Kennedy Danso – Chaplain
*Emmanuel Trebi – Singing Master
*Lydia Twumwaa – Asst.Singing Mistress
*Isaac Amoako Agyei – Protocol
*Philip Agbodeka – Protocol
GOALS AND AIMS
The goals are:
- To promote unity, love and spirit of brotherhood among its members in particular and others in general by singing praise to God.
- To take active parts in church programmes and win souls for Christ through song ministration.
- To help members in times of need.
Membership shall be opened to any member of the congregation who is above the age of ten (10). All new members shall serve probation of three (3) months. Within this period, the member shall pay dues, learn and rehearse songs with the band; but will not sing in church and will not wear uniform until the probation is served.
The meeting days for the union are Mondays and Thursdays at exactly 7pm.
SLOGAN AND GREETINGS
The slogan and greeting for the group is YONKODO and response is BIAKOYE