On 1 – 2 March 2014, the Canadian Staff Band (Bandmaster John Lam) participated in a memorable weekend hosted by Cedarbrae Corps, located in the Scarborough area of Toronto. The weekend included youth rehearsals on Saturday afternoon and a benefit concert to raise money for children to attend music camp on Saturday evening, both held at Scarborough Citadel, and Sunday morning worship at Cedarbrae.
Saturday, 1 March 2014
Major Louise Brown, Cedarbrae corps officer, along with music director Kerry Brown, worked hard to plan a tremendous day of celebration at Scarborough Citadel. in the afternoon were rehearsals with children from various music groups, including some fun and games with Staff Band participation. This was followed by a variety-filled program presented to an enthusiastic audience which filled the Scarborough Citadel hall to capacity.
Billed as “Not Your Typical Band Concert”, the event truly lived up to its name. Participants, in addition to the Staff Band, included Joyful Noise and Backbeat (two children’s groups from Cederbrae), the Scarborough Citadel Junior Band (led by the Staff Band’s own Steve Pavey and Regent Park’s 614 Junior Worship Team.
Staff Band contributions to the program included Coronation Fanfare and Intrada (Kenneth Smith), Endless Praise (William Himes) and the ever-popular Tuba Tandem (Robert Redhead) featuring Jonathan Rowsell and Scott Gross. The band also accompanied the children in Faith Is the Victory (Sam Creamer) as they augmented the percussion section using hand-made percussion instruments put together with duct tape during the afternoon. In addition, the Staff Band joined the Scarborough Citadel Junior Band in Island Dreams (Martyn Scott Thomas), accompanying the Joyful Noise timbrels.
For its main item of the evening, Scarborough Citadel Junior Band presented Martin Cordner’s suite Learn, Love and Live. The 614 Junior Worship Team presented the classic Beatles song Help! and later led the audience in singing Hosanna (Praise Is Rising). In a unique presentation, Joyful Noise and Backbeat performed their own arrangement of The Cup Song, using the words, “Jesus loves me, this I know”.
A presentation was made thanking MusiCounts TD for their grant of $10,000 which allowed all three groups to purchase much-needed instruments and equipment to aid in the community-based music programs. Children from all of the various groups then joined members of the Staff Band in performing a traditional African song, Siya Kudu Misa (arr. Edward Mylechreest), translated as “We glorify your name”.
A highlight of the second half of the program was a humorous dramatic Scripture presentation by Steve Pavey. With some Staff Band members helping to act out parts, the presentation centered around the story of the centurion who came to Jesus asking for his servant to be healed. It was a lot of fun but had an important message about faith. Major Kevin Metcalf then offered the flügelhorn solo Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen, arr. Olaf Ritman) before the Staff Band finished the evening with Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s exhilarating showpiece, Wall of Sound.
Sunday, 2 March 2014
On Sunday morning, the Staff Band led worship at Cedarbrae, accompanying the singing and presenting various items. These included They Shall Come from the East (Kevin Larsson) and William Himes’ arrangement of It Is Well with My Soul, featuring vocal soloist Cameron Rawlins. Following Major Metcalf’s message on facing spiritual giants, based on the story of David and Goliath, the meeting concluded with a rousing rendition of O Boundless Salvation (arr. William Himes).
Although the weekend was not a typical “band weekend” for the Staff Band in some respects, it was still a time of significant ministry as the band was able to encourage young people in their musical and spiritual journey. Of particular interest is the fact that Saturday’s concert raised more than $3,000 toward the goal of sending children to summer music camp.
Canadian Staff Band web site