The Dameans

In the basement of a New Orleans seminary in 1968, a spiritual journey began. At the time, the Roman Catholic Church was undergoing many changes under the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, and five young men gathered to make some music. They sought to fill a void in their own seminary liturgies and began to write liturgical music in the popular contemporary folk idiom. Little by little, The Dameans formed and after great popularity in the seminary, were continually asked to sing in parishes throughout the New Orleans area. Their ministry grew, and their talents have provided us with some of the "classics" of contemporary liturgical music.

The original ensemble included Darryl Ducote, Mike Balhoff, Dave Baker, Buddy Ceaser, and Gary Ault. In 1972, Dave Baker left the group, and in 1978, Gary Daigle became a new member.