The Lesters, “St. Louis’s First Family of Gospel Music”, will celebrate 90 continuous years as a musical group in 2015. The legendary group has recently been verified as the oldest continually running musical group of any genreÂ in the world. Started in 1925 byÂ Harvey and Opal Lester, this musical family is now into their fourth generation with grandsonÂ Brian Lester and great-grandsonÂ Jon Lester proudly carrying on this rich heritage of ministry. “If my grandparents would have been told that 90 years later their ministry would still be going strong, I don’t know if they would have believed it.” said Brian Lester.
As the group began preparations for their 90th anniversary celebration tour they learned that their run as a musical group was at the top of all genres of music. “We began to research it through several organizations and found that no other musical group as been continuously running for this long. Some started earlier such as the Speer Family but ended, some that started earlier or around the same time have taken breaks from time to time. The Lesters are incredible anÂ example of faithfulness.” stated tenor singer Matt Felts.
The LestersÂ are currently working with the Guinness Book of Worlds Records. An official verification and media tour will be announced soon. Next year’s celebration will include many incredible events such as “Lesters Night” at Busch Stadium, the home ofÂ the St. Louis Cardinals and special concert events. “This is an exciting time for The Lesters. Next year is going to be full of historic moments.” said Jon Lester. For more information you can visit the official website of The Lesters at The official website of The Lesters