Randy Sparks Founder of New Christy Minstrels 

"When I invented The New Christy Minstrels on paper in 1961, I heard a sound in my mind, and I envisioned a group that would be as entertaining as The Kingston Trio, but have the choral power of The Norman Luboff Choir.  I liked the joyful noise of a chorus, all those gifted people singing in perfect harmony, but they weren’t much fun to watch, as they just stood there and sang.  The KT, on the other hand, while maybe not as careful to hit every note exactly right, were much more entertaining, as they jumped around on the stage, all three of them playing and singing at the same time, having fun. 

‘Wouldn’t it be delightful,’ I asked myself, ‘if I could achieve just the right combination of those two diverse elements in a new act?’  It took a while to get the sound I heard in my mind onto a record, and it was even a greater challenge to properly prepare such an act for the stage, but my invention was so successful that our first signed contract for a concert date was The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, and I won a Grammy for our very first album on Columbia Records". 


The New Christy Minstrels

In Concert at the Performing Arts Center



October 30

1:00 P.M.  AND

6:00 P.M.


39707 Big Bear Boulevard 

Big Bear Lake, CA, 92315