March 2-5, 2017 From the beautiful North Carolina Mountains of Asheville to the rich plains of South Carolina, the combined forces of the Territorial Band, Songsters and Creative Arts Ensemble gathered in the North and South Carolina Division to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through music and creative arts.Read More
Saturday, March 11th, the London Citadel Band from Ontario, Canada embarked on a 3 division, 5 state tour of the USA Southern Territory. This is a corps band with the unique historical distinction of being the first Salvation Army band in Canada. The Band played under the direction of Bandmaster John Lam and were accompanied by their corps officers, Majors Kevin and Loriann Metcalf.Read More
The Southern Territorial Band will be releasing a new album entitled "War and Peace" later this Spring, and the ensemble recently spent a jam-packed weekend together recording the repertoire.Read More
In January, the Territorial Songsters went to sunny Florida to conduct a ministry weekend at the Suncoast ARC and the Clearwater Corps.
We ministered to the men of the Suncoast ARC under the leadership of Majors Donald & Donna Smith. We shared a meal with them before the concert and after we had a time of fellowship.
Saturday evening Festival of Praise was at the Clearwater Corps (Captains Michael & Christine Harris, Corps Officers.) The local music forces were well represented. The Clearwater Band and the Songsters under the leadership of B/M Paul Bridges and S/L Debi Forde respectively added to the festival. The Territorial Songsters joined the Clearwater Songsters led by Dr. Beatrice Holz and sang Praise to The Lord, the Almighty arr. Charles Skinner.
Sunday morning worship was beautiful as the Territorial Songsters ushered us to the very throne of God as they sang Dan Forrest arrangement of And Can It Be.
Photo Credit: Laura Dake
The new Song Book was released at the International Congress this summer. An American edition of the song book was subsequently released, and all are now available at the Trade Department! Many corps are already using them - are you?Read More
A lot has happened since my last post. We participated at Bandfest. It is like a preview of the bands and sponsored by Remo (drummers will know that name.) The band looked sharp in their red uniforms. William Flinn, CEO of the Tournament of Roses, a Salvationist and Bandmaster of the Pasadena Tabernacle Corps, took time from his very busy schedule to welcome the band. He gave some advice to our kids. Advice that they can carry throughout their lives and use in any situation. He said, Don't let anyone or any circumstance steal your joy." Great words!
Here is a video of Bandfest
We met up at Biola University with the rest of the Southern Cal participants for a 3.5 hour Rose Parade rehearsal. Great fellowship, good music and I got to see family. Check out our Facebook Page for more video and photos.
Yesterday was Disneyland! It was the worse weather day we've had. Cloudy, rainy (off and on) and very chilly but it was a great day to relax.
This morning they are in rehearsal for the North American Music School that is happening this week. Then the STYB leaves for Tustin Ranch Corps. We are playing with the Tustin Ranch Band for the New Year's Eve service. Please be in prayer for our young people. They are representing the South very well. Y'all should be proud!
Tomorrow starts very, very early. Breakfast is at 4:30am and on the bus 5:15am! More to come and see you tomorrow!
Sunday morning started early for the STYB. Our breakfast was an hour before everyone else. We arrived at Pasadena Tabernacle (The Tab) for a short rehearsal in preparation for the morning service. On my walk to the dining hall I looked up and saw the mountains that surround us. The sun was shining although there was a chill in the air. God is the master creator!
These guys did a great job leading worship. The music was great and the spirit was sweet. Michael Cash played a solo. Yasmeen Ahmad, Tito Osibodu and Bernie Dake lead a season of prayer. David New read scripture and Sarah Munoz gave her testimony. God orchestrated this plan. She talked about the chorus, I'm in His Hands, which tied into the message that the officer prepared.
After service we went to Pasadena City College for rehearsal on the field for Bandfest. The band practiced getting on and off the field, sorted out where to stand...all that fun stuff.
We had a couple of hours free time in Hollywood. A fun time had by all. The "old" guys had a coffee at the local Starbucks ;) We saw Mann's Chinese Theater, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Kodak Theater...
After all that...we arrived back at camp in time for dinner. The delegates found out what band they made and had a rehearsal until snack time!
It's been a couple of packed days and even our leader is tuckered out. Sorry Nick :)
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Photo Credit: Laura Dake, Manny Munoz, Stephen Goodier