Las Vegas Singer to Headline Music-Themed Homecoming Banquet

PLAINVIEW – Marvin Matthews, singer-composer-producer who is headlining a new show in Las Vegas, will be featured in a musical program at Wayland’s Homecoming Banquet which begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in McClung Center.

Theme of this year’s Homecoming, with events slated Thursday through Sunday, is “Blast from the Past.”

Matthews, a 1978 Wayland graduate, is a former director and soloist for the Spurlows Christian music group and later a frequent guest on the Gaither Homecoming videos.

He will sing “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “Change The World.”

The program also will include Wayland staffers Chris and Teresa Moore singing “Sixteen Tons” and “Crazy,” respectively, and combining for “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”; local educator Richard Olsen doing “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Hound Dog” in an Elvis Presley impersonation; Robert Black, associate professor of music, performing “Chantilly Lace.”

Black also will do instrumental medley and accompany Dr. Gary Manning, professor of religion, who will sing a medley of favorites including “Yesterday,” “Unchained Melody” and “Elvira” as well as leading the audience in two songs; and Joe Provence, retiring Emeritus Director of Alumni Services will sing an “American Idol” entry.

Tickets for the banquet, at which Homecoming Queen candidates and Coming Home Queen candidates will be introduced, are $11 each and can be reserved by calling 291-3600 or 291-3603 by noon Friday, Feb. 23.