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The 4th Annual Sing Me High Music FestivalAugust 23-24, 2019, celebrates music and faith in the Shenandoah Valley. The event is the perfect close to the summer season, and this year's two-day event features:

  • Music groups from the Shenandoah Valley and/or faith backgrounds;

  • Old-fashioned hymn singing;

  • Artisans;

  • Children’s activities;

  • Local food trucks, popcorn, and ice cream;

  • Guitar raffle, from local luthier Showalter Guitars;

  • Silent quilt auction with quilt made by member of the host band;

  • Activities from c. 19th century homestead;

  • Slip 'n slide;

  • Food, fun, fellowship;

  • and a pie auction variety show.

This year the festival is Friday, August 23 from 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM and Saturday, August 24 from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Sing Me High Music Festival is jointly hosted by the Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center and the Walking Roots Band. The festival is a family-friendly, alcohol-free event. Please make yourselves at home! Bring a blanket, your favorite camp chairs, or a sofa on wheels.

We invite you to join us at the Sing Me High Music Festival to listen, sing, laugh, eat, and play – all while you celebrate family, friends, and faith, whatever your tradition.

Restored 1829 log house at CrossRoads

Restored 1829 log house at CrossRoads

The Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center is situated on Garbers Church Road in Harrisonburg, with a hilltop site providing vistas spanning the Valley. The Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center (BMHC) seeks to share and celebrate the story of Jesus Christ as reflected in the lives of Brethren and Mennonites in the Shenandoah Valley. The 24-acre campus features panoramic views of the city of Harrisonburg. The BMHC campus is home to a welcome center, pre-Civil War pioneer log house, Civil War brick farmhouse, one-room school house, wash house, woodshop, blacksmith shop, and a shoemaker shop.

The Walking Roots Band

The Walking Roots Band

The Walking Roots Band (TWRB) is an acoustic, Americana, folksy, blue-ish-grassy, roots music group based in Harrisonburg, VA. Steeped in Anabaptist hymn-singing traditions, the band’s original folk music and reclaimed hymns are supported with lush vocal harmonies. The music speaks of hope, whether through sacred words written hundreds of years ago or in the honest voice of one of the band’s songwriters. TWRB doesn’t make music full-time, but when they are able to tour, perform, record, or even just get together to practice and arrange new music, they are thankful for the fans, family, and friends who make it all possible.

The Walking Roots Band is excited to serve as musical hosts for the Sing Me High Music Festival, which takes its name from a Walking Roots Band song written while members of the band bicycled through the rolling hills of upstate New York on their way to Michigan. The lyrics are ostensibly about a love for the Shenandoah Valley, but perhaps speak even more to music's power to carry us through the ups and downs of life as we live and sing praise to God wherever we are.

"Sing me high, sing me low,
Sing me when the cold wind blows,
In the rain or in the snow,
Sing to me, O Shenandoah."

by S. Crissman, J. Maust, and G. Yoder of the Walking Roots Band