On Saturday, 17 September 2011, the Amsterdam Staff Band (Bandmaster Olaf Ritman) opened the 30th edition of the “Night of Poetry” in Utrecht with a special, but very short, concert.
The special invitation extended to the band stated that the presentation by the group should last no more than 12 minutes. Despite this limitation, it was decided to take this unique opportunity to participate. The band did not know how the public would react to a Salvation Army band in such a situation, but a quick scan after the first item made it clear that the musical contribution was, more than expected, appreciated.
The band received an enthusiastic response for their efforts. Afterwards, members of the organizing committee for the event congratulated the band and thanked them for their contribution.
Amsterdam Staff Band web site (in Dutch)