The Ringwood Corps in the east of Melbourne hosted the Melbourne Staff Band (Bandmaster Ken Waterworth) on Sunday, 9 September 2012. The Staff Band participated in the morning service and gave an afternoon concert in which they joined with Maroondah Brass (Bandmaster Ron Moore).
The morning service began with a prelude from the Staff Band which included the soprano cornet solo From the Heart of Jesus Flowing (Howard Davies), played by Dean Rusling, and Soli Deo Gloria (William Himes). Jamie Smith led the congregation in worship before Ron Prussing soared through the trombone solo Let the Beauty of Jesus (Broughton).
The Staff Band was joined in worship by the Territorial leaders, Commissioners Raymond and Aylene Finger and special guests Commissioners Alistair and Astrid Herring, who are the International Secretary and Zonal Secretary for Women’s Ministries for the South Pacific East Asia (SPEA) zone. This zone is the most diverse zone of cultures in the Salvation Army and consist of about 15 countries stretching from Australia to Cambodia. Commissioners Herring shared with the congregation some of the Army’s work in countries such as Japan, Korea, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. It was interesting and encouraging to hear what is happening in other places.
Dean Rusling shared the Scripture reading before the Staff Band played Softly and Tenderly (Broughton) and Rebecca Raymond blessed the congregation with her singing. Commissioner Alistair Herring then brought the message, highlighting the importance of deepening our spiritual life so that we can do the Salvation Army’s work wherever we may be. The congregational song “Be Thou My Vision” brought the meeting to a close.
The Staff Band shared lunch with the members of the local Maroondah Brass Band before joining with them for an afternoon concert. Maroondah Brass kicked off the afternoon with a variety of well-known music, including What a Wonderful World, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, All Through the Night and the flügelhorn/trumpet solo Blessed Assurance.
The Staff Band flew into their half of the concert with Ruslan and Ludmilla (Glinka, arr. Michael Kenyon) and Since Jesus (Leonard Ballantine). Soloists Ron Prussing (trombone) and Jamie Smith (euphonium) were featured with Nessun Dorma (arr. Jones) and A Joy Untold (Terry Camsey) respectively. Rebecca Raymond then came to the stage and sang New Jerusalem and Now I Belong to Jesus, which many enjoyed during the ISB120 celebrations at the Royal Albert Hall in 2011. The band then played Roger Trigg’s new composition Strong to Save, which was premiered during the Staff Band’s recent trip to Canberra. The Staff Band’s portion of the program concluded with Leslie Condon’s timeless classic The Present Age.
The finish the afternoon, the Melbourne Staff Band and Maroondah Brass joined together for William Himes’ arrangement of Amazing Grace and the well-known march Praise (Wilfred Heaton).
Melbourne Staff Band web site