On the weekend of 4 – 5 February 2012, members of the Canadian Staff Band (Bandmaster John Lam) made their way to the small community of Bracebridge, Ontario, for a combined retreat and corps ministry weekend. In the midst of an unseasonably mild winter, it was refreshing to see snow in this northern region in the heart of cottage country.
On Saturday, two afternoon sessions at Bracebridge Corps brought a spiritual emphasis to the retreat as worship and devotions were led by the corps officer, Lieutenant Fred Reid. Time was also taken to focus on the Staff Band’s mission and to discuss the direction as a band, and to discuss business matters. The members then made their way to accommodations at the Muskoka Riverside Inn, where they enjoyed a delicious meal before sharing in various activities and an evening of fellowship together.
On Sunday, the Staff Band led the morning meeting at the Corps, with Major Kevin Metcalf bringing the Bible message. After sharing lunch with members of the congregation, the Staff Band presented a short concert to an appreciative audience, some of whom had traveled from nearby Huntsville and Orillia to attend. Items included A Psalm of Praise, The Firing Line, Fill the World with Glory and William Himes’ suite To the Chief Musician. Soloists Cameron Rawlins (euphonium) and Craig Lewis (trombone) were featured respectively in Harlequin and Somebody Prayed for Me.
Canadian Staff Band web site