The Salvation Army has been making music since its earliest beginnings in nineteenth century London, England, and music has been integral to much of its ministry ever since. The British-style Brass Band was a popular form of entertainment in England at the time The Salvation Army was formed, and it only made sense to use it in ministry by attracting attention during open air services, accompanying singing, and providing music in many other capacities.
The Salvation Army began publishing band music in 1884 and choral (songster) music in 1886, and both have continued across the world since then. From its early beginnings, the Army has expanded its music publications to include band journals for several sizes of bands, much solo literature (both vocal and instrumental), and music for other ensembles like worship bands, piano, guitar, and more. The USA Southern Territory began publishing music regularly in 1987.
To learn more about Salvation Army music making, check out these articles on Salvation Army music history: