20-year-old force behind Arnolia church's annual concert

Jarrett Rettman has thought of everything. He has lined up bands and participants. He has gotten sponsors. For the first time, the 4th Annual Arnolia Benefit Concert, scheduled for April 25 from noon to 5 p.m., will be held outdoors, and not inside the sanctuary of the Arnolia United Methodist Church at 1776 East Joppa Road. It better not rain.

"We've had three successful concerts, with up to 100 people in attendance, mainly church members," he said. "I wanted to broaden the event to other churches and community organizations." Rettman initiated the concerts, which are free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be taken to benefit the church. At past concerts, they have collected a few hundred dollars.


Rettman is director of the Arnolia church's contemporary worship band, Rejuvenate, a position he assumed in 2011 at the age of 16. The Parkville resident, now 20, is a music major at Essex Community College and will enter Towson University as a music education major in fall 2016.

Rettman not only directs the 10-member band of five instrumentalists and five vocalists, he plays piano with the group and composes its songs, both lyrics and music. Rejuvenate's first CD, "Raising The Belief," will be on sale, $10 each, for the first time at the benefit concert.


Also playing at the benefit concert are contemporary worship bands from a handful of other local churches, the final lineup still in the works. But for sure, one of them is Faith Lutheran Church in Cockeysville, whose band leader is Sid Meier.

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"We've played in the Arnolia concert for the last two to three years," Meier, a Cockeysville resident said of the eight-member band. "This is the first time it's being held outdoors and it's more family-oriented."

Arnolia's Rejuvenate plays at a contemporary worship service at the church on Sundays at 9 a.m. It has also performed in concerts with other church bands and at Baltimore City's Inner Harbor Christmas Village. Faith Lutheran's contemporary worship band plays at the Sunday 9 a.m. contemporary service.

Meier says contemporary worship bands play "an upbeat musical style. There's a spirit to the music. We practice and it's always a bonus to have an audience."

Baird Financial, a wealth management group in Towson, is a major sponsor of the Arnolia benefit concert. Chik-fil-A has donated coupons.

There will be food, games and activities sponsored by different churches and community organizations, which will keep whatever proceeds they raise at the event. Among them is face-painting by Woodhome Pre-K Center, which leases space in Hiss United Methodist Church, in Parkville.

Heather Orr, a Woodhome teacher, said the child care facility has done face-painting at other community events. This is a first at the Arnolia church, where one of Woodhome's staff belongs.

"We like to give back to the community,"