Staff Band Begins Season in Ohio

The New York Staff Band (Bandmaster Derek Lance) visited the NEOSA (North East Ohio Salvation Army) Division on the weekend of 14 – 16 October 2016, their first ministry weekend of the season and also the first under their new bandmaster, Derek Lance.

New York Staff Band (Bandmaster Derek Lance), NEOSA Ministry Weekend, October 2016

New York Staff Band (Bandmaster Derek Lance), NEOSA Ministry Weekend, October 2016

Friday, 14 October 2016

The first stop on the Staff Band’s journey was in Akron, Ohio, where the band played at the Akron-Summit County Library Auditorium. This particular event was a thank-you to the supporters of the Salvation Army in Akron and the great work they do throughout the year. The crowd was wonderfully encouraging that seemingly enjoyed everything the band did. Members of the audience could be heard singing along during parts of the program.

The concert program for Friday night was as follows:

  • King of Heaven (Kenneth Downie)
  • Shekinah (Kenneth Downie)
  • Valero (Sandy Smith)
  • Memory (Andrew Lloyd Webber, arr. Alan Catherall), Christopher Ward, soprano cornet soloist
  • Caprice (William Himes), Brindley Venables, cornet soloist
  • God’s Love (Eric Dina), Band Chorus
  • I Surrender (Marcus Venables)
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  • Hold That Fort! (Sam Creamer)
  • Let There Be Light (Steven Ponsford)
  • Brillante (Peter Graham), Ryan McCrudden and Aaron VanderWeele, euphonium soloists
  • In God’s Presence (Andrew Blyth)
  • To Boldly Go (Peter Graham)
Brindley Venables, New York Staff Band, NEOSA Ministry Weekend, October 2016

Brindley Venables, New York Staff Band, NEOSA Ministry Weekend, October 2016

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Day two of the Staff Band’s weekend in NEOSA started in Mansfield, Ohio, where the band gave an outdoor concert at the Brickyard. People gathered in this cool concert spot with their beach chairs to hear the band in a mini-concert.

New York Staff Band, The Brickyard, Mansfield, Ohio, October 2016

New York Staff Band, The Brickyard, Mansfield, Ohio, October 2016

Items played in Mansfield included:

  • On We March (Kevin Larsson)
  • Beaumont (George Dickens)
  • Amazing Grace (William Himes)
  • Hold That Fort! (Sam Creamer)
  • New York, New York (Goff Richards)
  • Brooklyn Citadel (William Bearchell)
  • When I’m 64 (arr. Dorothy Gates)
  • Let There Be Light (Steven Ponsford)
  • Valero (Sandy Smith)
  • Stars and Stripes (John Philip Sousa)

Next on the band’s journey was the Ashland Kroc Center, where they took part in the 130th Anniversary celebrations of the Salvation Army in Ashland, Ohio. The concert took place in the beautiful acoustics of the Robert M. and Janet L. Archer Auditorium in the Ashland High School. Once again they were met by a wonderfully enthiusiastic crowd.

The program is Ashland wsa the same as that in Akron on Friday, with the substitution of the trombone solo Fiesta (Peter Graham), played by Matthew Luhn, in place of Caprice.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

On Sunday morning the Staff Band found itself at the wonderful Cleveland Temple Corps where they were met by a very lively congregation. It was a blessed morning that involved wonderful praise and worship, a beautiful testimony from bandsman Aaron VanderWeele, and a powerful message from the band’s Executive Officer, Lt.-Colonel James LaBossiere. The Lord was certainly present during this time together and it was a blessed time for both the band and the congregation.

Items from the band at Cleveland Temple included:

  • Amazing Grace (William Himes)
  • Guardian of My Soul (Darren Shaw)
  • Let There Be Light (Steven Ponsford)
  • Beside the Sea (Andrew Mackereth)
  • Psalm 23 (arr. Dorothy Gates), Band Chorus
  • Be Still for the Presence of the Lord (Richard Phillips)
  • Hold That Fort! (Sam Creamer)

The Staff Band’s last stop in Ohio was the the Westlake High School Performing Arts Center where they were once again treated to a hall with absolutely fabulous acoustics.

New York Staff Band Chorus, conducted by DMD Eric Dina, NEOSA Ministry Weekend, October 2016

New York Staff Band Chorus, conducted by DMD Eric Dina, NEOSA Ministry Weekend, October 2016

The concert program at Westlake included:

  • King of Heaven (Kenneth Downie)
  • Amazing Grace (William Himes)
  • Valero (Sandy Smith)
  • Fiesta (Peter Graham), Matthew Luhn, trombone soloist
  • Caprice (William Himes), Brindley Venables, cornet soloist
  • Beaumont (George Dickens)
  • God’s Love (Eric Dina), Band Chorus
  • Brillante (Peter Graham), Ryan McCrudden and Aaron VanderWeele, euphonium soloists
  • Guardian of My Soul (Darren Shaw)
  • I Surrender (Marcus Venables)

This weekend was a great start to the season for the New York Staff Band. Special thanks was made to NEOSA Divisional Music Director Eric Dina for his work in arranging all the details of the weekend, as well as playing in the band and leading the Band Chorus.

Source:
New York Staff Band web site