Friday, 9 September 2016 marked the beginning of a new season for the New York Staff Band (Bandmaster Derek Lance) as it helped welcome the newest session of cadets to the College for Officer Training. The Staff Band supported and participated in worship by playing a few items that will be a part of the band’s repertoire for the upcoming season.
Kicking off the night’s festivities, the band played Steven Ponsford’s piece Let There Be Light. This new work features the song “Here I Am to Worship” and set a fabulous tone for the evening.
At the request of the new Chief Secretary of the USA Eastern Territory, Colonel Kenneth Johnson, the Staff Band played He Giveth More Grace (James Curnow). The words associated with this tune were the centerpiece of the Colonel’s messsage.
He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength as out labors increase,
To added afflictions he addeth his mercy,
To multiplied trials he multiplies peace.
His love has no limits, his grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of his infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.
When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.
– Annie Johnson Flint
As a postlude, the band played a fairly new work by Peter Graham, To Boldly Go. This exciting piece features the songs “I’ll Go in the Strength of the Lord” and “I’ll Not Turn Back” – Fitting songs for a new session of cadets.
It was a great night for the Salvation Army and the USA Eastern Territory, and the New York Staff Band, as always, was privileged to be a part of this wonderful event welcoming the Messengers of the Gospel session to the College for Officer Training.
New York Staff Band web site