Buckeye Travelers’ concert part of First Baptist anniversary celebration

First Baptist Church of Marietta invites area residents to enjoy the music of the Buckeye Travelers Band in concert at the church on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m.

The free concert is the final event in the church’s 200th Anniversary Celebration that will include an open house on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. and a 10:30 a.m. worship and celebration service on Sunday, Sept. 9.

Five members of the Mackie Family from Caldwell – Scott, Donna, Frank, Joletta, and Misty — founded the Buckeye Travelers Band in 1980. Since then, the band has traveled to many states and has played with Reba McIntire, Connie Smith, Ernest Tubb, Kitty Wells, The Tennessee Mountain Boys, Johnny Walker, Lorrie Morgan, Mel McDaniel, Exile and many other well-known singers.

“We have had the pleasure of making 6 albums and are currently working on a Christmas album,” Frank Mackie said. “Our first recordings were made with Jayln Records and Starr Records, and then we started our own label, TBT Records.”

Buckeye Travelers range in age from 10 to 68 and travel with up to 29 members, 20 of them performers. They play fairs, festivals, weddings, square dances, churches and private parties singing gospel, country, rock — everything from old to new.

“Loving God, Loving Each Other,” a popular Gaither song, has been our inspiration over the years, and we consider it our motto,” Brittany Wilson said. “It describes our love for God, music and family.”

Band members include: Donna Mackie, rhythm guitar/vocals; Frank Mackie, lead/steel/dobro/ vocals; Joletta Palagyi, bass/vocals; Drew Palagyi, drums/vocals; Misty McConnell, keys/mandolin/ vocals; Brittany Wilson, keys/vocals; Scott Palagyi, lead/vocals; Steven Wilson, drums/vocals; Christopher Brooker, guitar/vocals; Mandy Miller, Mindy Brooker, Mitzi Schaad, Molly Jo Moore, Courtnie Morton, Katelyn Poulton, Ellie Heiss, and Sammi McConnell, all vocals.

As the Buckeye Travelers continue the tradition started in 1980, they remember family patriarch Scott Mackie, father, grandfather and a founding member of the band.

For more information about the Buckeye Travelers Band, visit the band’s website at https://www.reverbnation.com/thebuckeyetravelersband/songs.

First Baptist Church of Marietta is located at the corner of Fourth and Putnam streets. To learn more about the church, visit www, firstbaptistmarietta.com.