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Posted: Friday, August 12, 2011 8:08 am

Lodi-based Christian band Time Horizon is playing a debut concert Aug. 20 to celebrate the release of their progressive rock album, “Living Water.” The event is free to attend, and profits from album sales go entirely to Living Water International, an organization that builds wells for drinking water around the world.    

Singer and drummer Bruce Gaetke talks about the band and its goal of offering fresh water to communities that don’t have it.

Q: How would you describe your band and its style?

A: We’re a Christian based band, and all of us have our faith in Christ. We are more of a progressive rock band.

Q: What is the purpose of this album, “Living Water”?

A: To make a million bucks. No, just kidding — at least not for us. A little background: Ralph, the guitar player, David Dickerson, and I had been playing, but took a bit of a hiatus for a while. We had begun writing music for the album and stopped. After a year, Ralph called me after he went to a men’s conference. He said, “I really feel like the Lord wants me to do something with this music ...” He told me about this organization called Living Water International, and asked if I wanted to finish the album (to raise money for water wells in other countries). I said, “sure.” We finished the album in nine weeks.

Q: How much money do you expect to raise with this album?

A: Well, it costs $6,000 to drill one well and we want to drill two wells. It makes a huge difference in these communities. Instead of having to walk eight hours to get water, it is right there within the community.

We take it for granted ... we turn on our tap and there’s water. You see these people and they’re drinking out of these cesspools and it’s awful. It breaks my heart.

Q: What or who is the band’s musical inspiration?

A: The music (is from) different genres. Dave likes a little more of the harder rock. He’s an insanely good guitar player. When he got into progressive rock with us, it stretched him because it is very artistic and the arrangements are much more detailed.

I like bands like Genesis, Yes, Stix, Kansas. I don’t like hip-hop. Ralph is into a lot of the same genres as I am. 

Q: What is your role in the band?

A: I’m drums and lead vocalist. It’s hard. It’s fun. It’s a challenge. I sang for seven years in a vocal group (before this).

Q: What do you and the other band members like to do outside of the band?

A: I do video and audio production work. I worked with Ralph and he and I produced and engineered the album together. I have a studio that I work out of.

We each have families. Ralph has two kids and a wife. I have four kids and my wife.

Dave Miller is involved with the program, Guitars not Guns ... kids have gotten their minds off of gangs and on to music.

Q: How long have you lived in Lodi?

A: My brother, Brian, and I were the first twins born at Lodi Memorial in 1958. I graduated from Tokay High in 1976. Go Tigers!

Q: What should people expect from your concert?

A: Our concert is going to be a little over an hour. We are working on a really nice light show. First Baptist has a very nice sound system. We’re trying to do everything we can to make it a good show. Primarily, we’re going to bolster the message of what we’re doing. If we’re going to do something, we’re going to do something with excellence.

Contact Lodi Living editor Lauren Nelson at



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