Rev. Michael Schmidt celebrates a night at New Orleans on his special Leblanc Al Hirt Jumbo trumpet

Liberty University student Rev. Michael Schmidt of the Trumpet of the Lord Ministries and the Etowah, Tennessee Town Band celebrates a night at New Orleans on his special Leblanc Al Hirt Jumbo trumpet to honor America’s Veterans at Pergrine Landing at Peachtree Creek from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on February 3rd in Cobb County located at 4375 Beech Haven Trail, Smyrna GA 30080. Michael is best known as a former trumpet soloist of the late Rev. Jerry Falwell of Thomas Road Baptist Church.

Rev. Michael Schmidt defends church musicians, responds to Cornerstone Church Ricardo Sanchez’s tweet.

“Ricardo Sanchez
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Worship Teams, when you start calling the House of God “the place where you GIG” you’ve just revealed more about your future than you could possibly know. @sacornerstone Sunday Night, join us and feel the Difference.”
Re: Church musicians are not at a gig, It is very rude and disrespectful to assume that we are, or that we call what we do a gig. To be a gig the musicians have to actually get PAID. A GIG is an event where a musician plays at a JOB and then gets PAID! Our churches do not pay their musicians (exception pianist, organist, music director, etc.), usually not even one cent…but they pay their church staff members like Ricardo Sanchez , the ones who are often trashing the musicians who spend thousands of dollars just for the chance to worship, as in to play for free. So please, stop trashing your church musicians and be thankful that they even show up. Would your pastor show up each week for free?
Ricardo Sanchez “recently joined Pastor John Hagee at Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Tx., as the minister of music”. Re: So Ricardo, do you enjoy trashing all of us humble church musicians who play for FREE at our churches each week? Do you know our hearts, and why we make the sacrifices that we do to minister via our musical talents? What is your salary sir at Cornerstone? 100 K ? Who are you sir to say that we play at church because it is a gig ( even though unlike you sir most of us are UNPAID , performing as church musicians each week for FREE) . We pay for our gas to and from church , to practices. We pay for our guitar strings, instrument upkeep and repairs. We have earned our right to play in public. And while we are at it, back to my original thought sir, who do you think that you are Mr. Ricardo Sanchez to talk about my future?
My family and I have worked our tails off and sacrificed beyond words so that I can have a future serving God faithfully in the ministry. And by the way, did I mention that I do all of this as a musician, minister, and pastoral counselor with muscular dystrophy? Might I suggest sir that you clean up your own motes in your own eyes before you throw any stones at all of the faithful church musicians who give their talents to the Lord each week at their churches for FREE. God bless. – Mikey