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Help a college based band raise money to print their new c.d.!
Trevor Bechtel
Bluffton, Ohio
United States
1 Team Member


We are Anabaptist Bestiary Project!

We are the people that give the rocks that cry out some well deserved time off. 

We sing original songs about animals and how their way of life sets an example for human life.

We are making a new record and we need your help. We have the recording well underway and need money to produce the c.d. (specifically mastering, replicating and printing).

We are really excited about Indiegogo because it creates a community out of the people who fund and make the record. We are a band of eight students and one professor and our roster changes every year. Our music is all about community. We love the opportunity to extend that community here. 


What we need:

We have set our funding goal at $3500. This will cover the costs of mastering the recordings and producing 1000 c.d.'s. If we exceed that goal our first priority will be to press Vinyl albums. Money earned beyond these goals will allow us to purchase sound equipment to facilitate our live shows and advertise our music. 

What you get when you join us:

We have exciting perks from digital downloads to songs written about an animal of your choice. Each perk is named after one of the animals we sing about and the benefits include:

  • digital downloads
  • c.d.'s
  • vinyl albums (if funded)
  • posters
  • signed posters!
  • c.d.'s
  • signed c.d.'s!
  • t-shirts
  • your name on the c.d. credits
  • a song written for you!

As the campaign progresses we will release exclusive campaign only goodies and other rarities. These will include behind the scenes interviews, acoustic versions of songs and other photos and videos!

Added bonus!! If you have funded us at any level by May 21st you will receive a link to an exclusive live e.p. of songs performed live at Bluffton’s town hall by Chris Jennings and Trevor Bechtel. Share with your friends to get them on board! We need everyone!

What happens if we don't fund:

If we don't meet our goal we will produce fewer c.d.'s and cut back on production costs wherever it makes the most sense, but that's not going to happen because of you! All funders above $7 are guaranteed a digital copy of the full album.

If you can't donate by credit card you can mail a check made payable to "Anabaptist Bestiary Project" to 

Anabaptist Bestiary Project
Box 141
Bluffton University
1 University Drive
Bluffton, OH 45817


Rocking the world through reflection on creatures the Anabaptist Bestiary Project is a large alternative rock ensemble under the creative direction of Trevor Bechtel. The ABP collects vocal and instrumental musicians from Bluffton University to delve into the artistic and literary heritage of the spirituality of creatureliness.

Each ABP song explores a different creature (animal, insect, plant) by poetically reflecting on the place of that creature in nature and the relevance of the creature’s life for humans. Combining the best insights of natural science, animal behavior, ecology and theology, these songs suggest a future for human animal relationship that is at once intimate and strange.

In this way, ABP is a rock and roll band that functions as a contemporary bestiary. Bestiaries, which reached the height of their popularity in medieval England, are illuminated books that collect natural accounts of animals (as well as some plants and minerals) and then offer moral and allegorical reflections on these animals. The beautiful thing about these reflections is the way they confidently go about exploring every aspect of the natural world and finding the divine therein. 

Anabaptist Bestiary Project was created five years ago when Bechtel, Associate Professor of Religion at Bluffton University, was awarded a faculty scholarship to engage ecological concerns in a unique way. Bechtel gathered students at Bluffton to play songs written about the ways that God reveals God’s will for human life through reflection on creatures. ABP’s first c.d. was released that spring including songs about cats, trees, and whales. 

Bechtel does most of the initial writing but all songs are arranged and performed by the full band as a community effort. Songwriting collaborations include current electric guitarist Brent Schroeder, Asheville songwriter Jonathon Reuel, and Canadian poet Margaret Atwood. 

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raised by 92 people in 2 months
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$3,500 USD goal
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This campaign ended on June 5, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $3USD

    Every contribution helps! At this level you will receive a exclusive 4 song mp3 e.p.from the album and have your name listed on our website!

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $7USD
    Hummingbird Moth

    At this level you will receive the full album in whatever digital format you desire and have your name listed on our website!

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $12USD

    Everything above and a copy of the c.d.

    32 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $15USD

    Everything above and a copy of both ABP c.d.'s.

    8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $20USD

    Everything above and a copy of Several: The Problem with Time which includes some ABP songs in an earlier form.

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $25USD

    Everything above and an exclusive ABP poster!

    17 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $40USD

    Everything above and a vinyl LP of the album. [This perk is dependent on exceeding our goal]

    1 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $50USD

    Everything above and your c.d.'s and posters will be signed!

    5 out of 40 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $75USD

    Everything above and an exclusive ABP t-shirt

    5 out of 30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $100USD

    Everything above and your name in the credits on the c.d.

    8 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $500USD

    Everything above and we will write a song about the animal of your choice. You provide us with the details and we will write the song, record a demo of it, handwrite the lyrics on high quality paper and send you everything.

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $1,000USD
    Sea Turtle

    Everything above and we will, within reason and planning ability, play a concert at the venue of your choice in Southern Ontario, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio or Western Pennsylvania.

    0 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
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