Peace Industry Music Group - Bethesda Terrace, Central Park, NYC - 3.23.15




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Published on Mar 23, 2015


Peace Industry Music Group is headed by John Boyd, accomplished singer, composer, and music director. John and his family are originally from Detroit, Michigan, where John directed several highly successful and widely-traveled choirs - the Boys and Girls Choirs of Detroit (replications of the Boys Choir of Harlem), The Perfect Blend Group, and The Michigan Fine Arts Youth Choir.

John Boyd moved his family to New Jersey six years ago. Dubbed a "modern von Trapp family" by their fans, John and his nine children have been singing and warming the hearts of NY residents and tourists in Central Park since 2007. Over the years, the group has expanded to include several classical musicians and additional singers. Once known to Central Park visitors as The Boyd’s for Praise or The Boyd Family, Peace Industry Music Group was recently established by John Boyd to reflect the growing nature and scope of the ensemble. Peace Industry Music Group is a unique ensemble of singers and musicians from different nationalities, all promoting the idea of peace through Christ, uplifting music and tranquil sound.

The music performed by Peace Industry Music Group is a diverse blend of Gospel, classical, opera, standards, jazz, spirituals and pop. The ensemble performs mainly in the Minton Tile Arcade, next to Bethesda Fountain in Central Park. When they perform, the typical trickle of park visitors quickly evolves into a full-blown crowd, who stop dead in their tracks, stunned by what they hear and see. People take photos, record them on smartphones, upload to YouTube, give tips, request CDs, blog, and describe seeing them as the highlight of their day.

Bethesda Terrace and Fountain
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bethesda Terrace and Fountain are a terrace and fountain overlooking The Lake in New York City's Central Park. The fountain is located in the center of the terrace.

Bethesda Terrace is on two levels, united by two grand staircases and a lesser one that passes under Terrace Drive to provide passage southward to the Elkan Naumburg bandshell and The Mall, of which this is the architectural culmination, the theatrical set-piece at the center of the park. The upper terrace flanks the 72nd Street Cross Drive and the lower terrace provides a podium for viewing the Lake. The mustard-olive colored carved stone is New Brunswick sandstone, with a harder stone for cappings, with granite steps and landings, and herringbone paving of Roman brick laid on edge.

Bethesda Terrace became a site for an outdoor luncheon restaurant at the end of the 1960s, then became a congregating spot for the Hair generation before devolving into a drug-trafficking venue in the 1970s. The fountain, which had been dry for decades, was restored in its initial campaign, 1980–81, by the Central Park Conservancy as the centerpiece of its plan to renovate Central Park.[1] The Terrace, designed by Vaux with sculptural decoration by Mould, was restored in the following season, its stonework disassembled, cleaned, deteriorated surfaces removed, restored and patched and reset.


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