The 6th DMV Musicians and Singers Fellowship Banquet was held virtually on Monday, January 25, 2021. Honorees included Bernard Mavritte, Valencia Rodgers Howard, Theodore Thorpe, Dr. Joyce Garrett, Reger Cutting Smith III, Mike Pugh, James Glover, Samuel Eddie Cromwell, Danny McCrimmon and Theresa Leeke.
The event was hosted by Stellar Award winner Phillip Carter and Jarvis Smith. Each honoree was introduced by someone who was intimately familiar with their story.
The sold-out event was an opportunity to recognize those in the DMV who had made impactful contributions to gospel music within the DMV and beyond. Here’s a look at a few of the DMV Musicians and Singers Fellowship honorees:
Theodore Thorpe III (Artistic Director, Men and Women of the Gospel Choir) serves as artistic director for the Washington Performing Arts Men and Women of the Gospel. He also serves as music director and staff musician at Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia, and as director of choral activities at T.C. Williams High School.
Dr. Joyce Garrett led the world famous Eastern High School from 1972-2005. She is the Minister of Music of the Alfred Street Baptist Church, Alexandria, VA. and has been recognized by Readers Digest as an American Hero in education, among many other honors Dr. Garrett produced choirs for the annual nationally televised programs Kennedy Center Honors and Christmas in Washington.
Samuel (Eddie) Cromwell is a gifted, inspirational, self-trained classical pianist, composer and organizer in the gospel music ministry for more than twenty years. He serves as Musical Director for the St. Augustine Catholic Church Chorale and Gospel Choir. He is the author of the recording Live: Victory and Praise. He was most recently seen performing at the White House during Black History Month.