The National Capital Band (Bandmaster Dr. Steve Kellner) has a long-standing relationship with the Northern Virginia Adult Rehabilitation Center (NOVARC), beginning with the dedication of the facility over twenty years ago. In lieu of their regular rehearsal on Monday, 7 November 2016, the band gave a concert at the center.
The band opened the concert in a traditional fashion, with a march, The Blood-Washed Army (Stanley Ditmer). Major Mike Vincent, NOVARC administrator, made some introductions, led a congregational song, and offered prayer. The concert continued with another march, I’ll Stand for Christ (Lloyd Scott).
The National Capital Band has several accomplished soloists. Featured on this evening was principal cornet David Delaney, who played both fl¨gelhorn and trumpet in Standing on the Promises, originally written for trumpet virtuoso Philip Smith by a former member of the band, Douglas Court. The band followed this with a vigorous rendition of Shine Down.
One of the highlights of the band’s concerts at NOVARC is always testimonies from residents at the center. The stories are always moving and proof of the transformative power of grace as people are redeemed from addiction and sin. This concert was no exception, as Band Sergeant Major Jim Shiels led a time of testimony between verses of the classic song “Amazing Grace”. A particularly noteworthy testimony was offered by one resident who told how he had been saved from committing murder by the ministry of the center.
The evening continued in a devotional mood with a meditative setting of Deep and Wide from the band. Major Chris Flanagan, the band’s Executive Officer, gave a short Bible message, focusing on the theme of God’s grace and forgiveness.
The band concluded its program with another march, The High Council (Ray Steadman-Allen). The residents again joined in for the song Total Praise, with the evening coming to a close with the repeated “Amen” at the end of this song.
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