A Country Gospel Group with an attitude of gratitude and fun, began in April of 2001
when Garry Raabis and Dennis Oster met in
Jim Escott's basement in Red Deer. They tested out some harmonies,
liked what they heard and Visions was born.
Ralph Wiber joined for a while and then was replaced by Brian Snow.
Harold Leach played steel guitar and appears on their first 2 albums,
until forced to retire due to health problems. Charlie Clubine did a great job as the sound
engineer for many years and provided a high quality 'sound mix' on the larger venues.
The Group carries their own sound system and can provide full color posters and even numerical
admission tickets if required.
In late 2010 Garry retired from the group and Ted Hiscock
joined in early 2011. In January of 2014 Dennis retired from the group, reducing Visions to a trio.
In September of 2015 Dana Tapley joined and then at the end of 2015 Brian retired
changing the group back once again to a trio Jim, Ted and Dana.
Great news to everyone Dennis was able to rejoin the group in the fall of 2017 bringing back
that familiar vocal including bass, lead, and harmony. Dennis helped complete our very busy
Christmas schedule and now the group is back to quartet status and also working with instruments.
Hopefully we'll be all ready for our Eckville Country Gospel Weekend in September of 2018.
One Other note: In January of 2018 we released "Ride On" our 8th CD and dedicated it to long
time friend and supporter Bill Martynes. Thanks so very much for all your past support Bill.
Their current blend of distinctive voices,Jim,
Dennis,Dana and Ted,
has given Visions a unique and pleasing sound. Good old songs presented in a refreshing way,
some original tune's and a mix of entertaining personalities. The group strives to be
entertainers rather than singers. This combined with their own instrumental accompaniment
offers all a fun-filled and rewarding experience.
Since Visions beginning, the group has performed primairliy throughout Alberta and
Saskatchewan. They successfully host an annual 3 day concert in Eckville designed to showcase
local talent. 2019 will be their 14th year.
The length of their concerts range up to 2 hours depending on the venue. Part of their
purpose is to entertain at hospitals, nursing/seniors homes and for those less active and
fortunate than us. If you know of any organizations or groups that would benefit from a
Visions concert, please feel free to contact us.