ASB Weekend in Lelystad

On the last weekend of October 2015, the Amsterdam Staff Band (Bandmaster Olaf Ritman) visited the corps in Lelystad for a ministry weekend. The weekend included an outdoor concert at the town hall, a worship service at the corps on Sunday morning, and two concerts.

Amsterdam Staff Band in Lelystad, October 2015

Amsterdam Staff Band in Lelystad, October 2015

The weekend began with a reception before the band gave an outdoor concert at the town hall. A number of people listened as the band performed several items from the “Red Book” and the “Rainbow Book” compilations. After the concert, the band moved to the Ontmoetingskerk to prepare for the evening concert.

The Saturday evening concert was shared with Christian choir Terrnova and vocalist Diane Ranselaar. Some 350 people were in attendance. Items from the Staff Band during the concert included:

  • Horizons (Paul Lovatt-Cooper
  • They Could Not (arr. Brian Bowen), Diane Ranselaar, vocal soloist
  • Rhapsody for Cornet and Band (Olaf Ritman), Steef Klepke Jr., cornet soloist
  • Gabriella’s Song (arr. Klaas van der Woude), Diane Ranselaar, vocal soloist
  • ... bought with Your blood (Olaf Ritman)
  • Hold that Fort! (Sam Creamer)
  • Joy! (Kenneth Downie)
  • Liebesleid (arr. Don Morrison), Jorijn van Hese, baritone soloist
  • Feeling Good (arr. Brian Johnson), Diane Ranselaar, vocal soloist
  • Quest (Paul Sharman)
  • Triumphant Prospect (Olaf Ritman)

After a good night’s sleep, the Staff Band gathered at the corps building in Lelystad on Sunday morning. A small ensemble accompanied the morning service. After lunch, the band went to The Ark in Dronten for the last event of the weekend, a joint concert with Christelijk Mannenkoor Dronten (Christian Men Dronten). The concert was well-attended, with about 400 listeners. During the program, the Staff Band played:

  • Temple 125 (Kevin Larsson)
  • Solitary Prayer (Marco Pütz), Michel Rosenquist, euphonium soloist
  • Amazed! (Paul Sharman)
  • U bent alles, Heer (You Are Everything, Lord) (arr. Jörgen IJsendorn), with Christelijk Mannenkoor Dronten
  • For Our Transgressions (Morley Calvert)
  • Abba Father (arr. Jörgen IJsendorn), with Christelijk Mannenkoor Dronten
  • Vain Resistance (Olaf Ritman)
  • Amsterdam Festival March (Norman Bearcroft)

The Staff Band looks back on a very successful weekend and thanks the corps officers at Lelystad, Hans and Edith van den Hoek for their efforts.

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