Mangum & Company

Led by soaring trombones with their slides pointed heavenward, Mangum & Company is a group of outstanding musicians representing many of Charlotte, North Carolina’s United House of Prayer congregations. Shout bands are all-brass, gospel-based trombone choirs that represent a sacred musical tradition unique to United House of Prayer churches, and are central to worship services, inspiring congregants with joyous sounds of praise. The inspiration for this distinctive musical style is Psalm 150: 3-6: “Praise him with the sound of the trumpet; praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel [tambourine] and dance; praise him with string instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals; praise him upon the high-sounding cymbals. Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord.”
 
Charlotte shout trombonist Cedric Mangum began his musical career early, like so many other youngsters inspired by their congregation’s bands. He started as a drummer at age seven, eventually learning to play all the shout instruments before taking on the mantle of lead trombonist. By age 13, he was the leader of the Charlotte Mother House’s legendary Bailey Clouds of Heaven, a role he continues today at age 57. His group Mangum & Company brings together outstanding musicians from congregations across the Charlotte area to play for the glory of God to audiences both sacred and secular. “Our music feeds the soul,” he says. “It’s designed for the soul, and that’s what draws the people.”