The Amsterdam Staff Band (Bandmaster Olaf Ritman) had its first band weekend of the new season 28 – 29 September 2013, visiting Alkmaar for the 125th anniversary of the Salvation Army in that city.
On Saturday, the Staff Band played outside in the center of the old city, giving the people of Alkmaar some accessible and fine music. The weather was great and countless people witnessed the ministry of the Staff Band. In addition to a march, this outdoor concert was a great start to the 125th anniversary celebrations of the Salvation Army in this town.
The evening concert was shared with the Vergutas Choir. Pieces from the Staff Band included:
- Call of the Gospel (Martin Cordner)
- Lord, With My All I Part (Brian Bowen)
- Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah (Kenneth Downie)
- Donegal Bay (Paul Lovatt-Cooper), Jorijn van Hese, baritone
- They Shall Come from the East (Kevin Larsson)
- Folk Festival (Dmitri Shostakovich, arr. Martin Cordner)
- Flow Gently, Sweet Afton (Paul Sharman)
- Lux Aurumque (Eric Whitacre, arr. Andrew Poirier)
- Faith Is the Victory (Sam Creamer)
- The Long Cloud of Witnesses (Kenneth Downie)
- Amsterdam Festival March (Norman Bearcroft)
There was a good crowd that enjoyed the band’s performance, based on the amount of applause, cheering and spoken reactions. Of particular interest was the band’s star baritone Jorijn van Hese, who “wowed” the audience with his effortlessly played solo.
On Sunday morning, the Staff Band was split in two, with a small ensemble going to the Dan Helder Corps, on the tip-top of North Holland province. This was a great opportunity to help two corps during the same weekend. In the afternoon, the band went to the picturesque area of Heerhugowaard, roughly between Alkmaar and Den Helder. The band also played here and again many people were made aware of a living and enthusiastic Salvation Army.