The Washington Adventist University Student Association hosted “The September 11 Memorial Concert” in Sligo SDA church on Sunday September 11, 2011.
The concert featured various artists and groups such as Living Springs SDA Choir from Glenn Bernie, MD, Wendell Phipps; a WAU freshmen who is also a Pre-Engineering major, Michael Patterson; a third year WAU music major, Jidong Zhong from Takoma Academy and Amber Bullock from Saint Louis who is a WAU alum.
There was a break in the concert for recognition of service. Two members of the United States Armed Forces were honored. US Air Force Major Eric E. Rollman was recognized for his work in the Air Force and US Army Major Rhea H. Rollman was recognized for her 11 years of service in the Army. Two local heroes were also recognized. Takoma Park Firefighter Jorge Alfaro and Lieutenant Tyrone Collington, Sr. were honored for their work in their home communities.
Jean Innocent, Assistant Boys Dean at WAU appreciated the idea of honoring local service.“I’m proud of WAU for taking time to honor the servicemen and women of the local community & government who make freedom & peace possible,” He said.
The concert's main feature was the group Committed. Committed is an all-male a capella group hailing from Huntsville, Alabama. The group was originally founded in 2003 by four high school students attending Forest Lake Academy in Apopka, Florida. The group grew and continued on to Oakwood University.
Committed became widely known for winning NBC's The Sing Off in 2010. They received $100,000 and a recording contract with Sony Music. Sony has allowed them to record an inspirational album that is out now entitled “Committed”.
Throughout the entire concert, many could be heard singing along or rising up out of their seats enjoying the music. “The concert was absolutely amazing,” a senior WAU student recalled. “It was a time of reflection; I realized that no matter what tragedies or problems afflict humankind, God will always be in control!”