"Rockport's Gospel Force" quartet is a Southern Gospel Quartet that has been singing together since July of 1994. While the quartet began as a group comprised of all police officers with the Rockport Police Department; only three original members, Tim Jayroe, Gary Howard and Becky Livingston remain.
Rockport Chief of Police Tim Jayroe, lead, is the only active law enforcement officer left in the quartet. Gary Howard, baritone, who is the other original member retired from the Rockport Police Department in December of 2008 after 30 years of service. The other two members are Abel Almendarez, tenor, who is a Hospice Chaplain and our newest member Tom Curlee, bass, who is retired from CPL. These four men currently make up Rockport’s Gospel Force.
They make regular appearances at churches, revivals, nursing homes, and R.V. Parks to sing for visiting Winter Texans and a variety of other civic and patriotic gatherings. Their only goal is to spread the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ through song, and to be Christian witnesses in their profession and community.
The police quartet has performed over 1,000 concerts since 1994 in Rockport and a number of other Texas cities including Wimberley, Freer, San Antonio, Bryan, Refugio, Victoria, Sinton, George West, Goliad, Portland, Beeville, Waxahachie, Red Oak, Henderson, Cedar Park, Beaumont, South Padre Island and Corpus Christi. The quartet was invited to sing at the state capital in Austin in March of 1997 and February of 1999, and February 2001 for Aransas County Day.
The Quartet has released four recordings: “The Next Time He Comes”, “I’ve Got a Mansion”, “And Cried Holy”, and the fourth titled “We Shall See Jesus”.