Amber Waves Band

Orchard, CO
Folk / Gospel / Bluegrass
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Happy Thanksgiving
The Amber Waves Band, featuring the Costello Family

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It would seem our newsletters got away from us over the last year as we found our traveling feet, but Thanksgiving is a great time to send an update and to thank everyone on our fan page and newsletter lists for the wonderful support over the past year!

Free Song Download!
In honor of November as National Adoption Month, we have made "Forever Home - A Prayer for Adoption" free to download. Cheryl wrote this specifically for Mary to sing, inspired by her dear friends who have adopted children. It is a song of a little girl crying out in prayer on behalf of other children in search of a "Forever Home", and reminds us of James 1:27, where we are reminded of the responsibility the Christian has towards widows and orphans.

Please feel free to pass the above link on to friends.

What Have We Been Up To?

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Can you believe it has been nearly 11 months since we packed up Benny the Bus and left Colorado? God is faithful and we have had a wonderful opportunity to keep that bus moving, and the music playing. During that time we have played at some great locations, ranging from small church outreach concerts, RV parks, busking at farmer's markets, county fairs and even a balloon festival! You can view a map of our travels so far, with pictures and brief descriptions by clicking on the link below.

2012 Costello Family Travels

Summer was a bit slow, taking time out in Colorado through June to play in Fort Collins for their Streetmosphere, the Rocky Mountain GospelGrass and the GospelGrass on the Divide, plus family visits and a graduation party for the twins. In July we played for a "LauraPalooza" event in Minnesota, full of Laura Ingalls Wilder enthusiasts! We treated the attendees to our versions of Old Dan Tucker, Roll on Silver Moon, Highland Mary, Arkansas Traveler, and other wonderful tunes from the Little House book series, with a bit of historical reference thrown in.
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August and September we did a loop of the Mid-West and Great Lake region, playing for RV Parks and a church concert series, finding our way to Pennsylvania and Virginia by October! There we played for a homeschool group, more parks in the area, and the Joshua's Hands ministry. Of course, we took time out to visit Independence Hall in Philadelphia, and toured the National Mall while we were in the area.

Late October was a special treat as we headed to North Carolina to play for the Carolina Balloonfest!

In November we found ourselves in the beautiful state of Florida. Although we have not quite rounded out our first year of travel, we held our final our celebratory vacation a bit early with a trip to Disney World. The kids have been speaking about Disney World as a goal for the year, but tickets are, as you can imagine, not the most logical expenditure for a young band just starting out. To meet this goal, we found locations for the kids to play informally, usually busking at farmer's markets or other locations that would appreciate some music and would donate to the Disney cause. Some of the highlights included the Madison, WI Saturday farmer's market, Winston Salem, NC Farmer's Market, and the First Friday in Brunswick, GA! At times the weather was hot, other times cold, windy, with tired voices, and fingers, but they got their Disney ticket money and we had a blast for four days in the park!
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What's Next for the Band?

Sunday we head towards Texas, playing as we go! We'll stop off at the Hilltop RV park in Alabama on Monday to play a show for the residents, then we'll head on down through Mississippi and Louisana, landing near Woodville, TX to play for the Christmas and Gospel weekend at the Triple Creek RV park! After that we'll spend some time near the Colorado River, polishing up our Christmas music set before we hit the ground running in Rockport, TX with 6 Christmas shows in one week! After the Rockport Gospel Festival in early January we will settle for the rest of the winter in Harlingen, TX where we have multiple shows scheduled for the winter throughout the Rio Grand Valley, which will include some new material, such as our medley of old TV themes! If you're in the area, you won't want to miss Michael singing the Ballad of Jed Clampett or Mary singing the theme from Mickey Mouse Club. Did you know there are lyrics to the themes to the Dick Van Dyke show and the Andy Griffith show? Alex and Sean will sing them for you, along with Michael and Cheryl on Green Acres!

Sounds like fun, huh? We're already booking for next spring and summer, so give us a call or drop us a note if you'd like to host the band. April we'll head back to Colorado briefly, then north Texas for much of May, ending in a trip up through Arkansas and Missouri by the end of the month, over to Tennessee and Kentucky in the early summer, Pennsylvania, and Lord willing, a trip through New England by late summer. Fall we'll be in Virginia and the Carolinas again, landing in Florida by late fall.
We can be reached through our email at, or by calling Cheryl at 303-833-6641.
Happy Pickin', and don't forget to wave at Benny if you see us drive by!

Many Blessings,
The Costello Family


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