The Melbourne Staff Band (Bandmaster Ken Waterworth) traveled north to Brisbane on the weekend of 19 – 21 October 2018, for a weekend which included concerts, work with young musicians, Sunday morning worship, and a joint appearance with the Brisbane City Temple Band (Bandmaster Tim Green).
The weekend of 27 – 28 October 2018 saw the Amsterdam Staff Band (Bandmaster Olaf Ritman) travel almost as if they were on tour. The band went to Winschoten, Oude Pekela, and Veendam, in the far northeast of the country, almost in Germany. The Winschoten Corps was celebrating its 130th anniversary and had invited the Staff Band to participate in the festivities.
On the weekend of 20 – 21 October 2018, the New York Staff Band (Bandmaster Derek Lance) was in the Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware (Pendel) Division, specifically visiting the Lancaster Citadel Corps.
The Southern Territorial Songsters (Leader Dr. Beatrice Holz) visited the Maryland-West Virginia (MWV) Division 18 – 21 October 2018, participating in the Tomahawk Arts Weekend. Events included assisting with instruction at Camp Tomahawk, concerts in Hagerstown and Frederick, Maryland, and Sunday worship in Hagerstown.
The German Staff Band (Bandmaster Heinrich Schmidt) was in Berlin on the weekend of 13 – 14 October 2018. The weekend featured a march and open air, a concert with Chor Zeitzünder, and Sunday morning worship at Berlin Sudwest Corps.
The 50th Anniversary Season of the Canadian Staff Band (Bandmaster John Lam) is well underway. The first stop on the Staff Band’s Canada-wide “tour” was in Thunder Bay, Ontario, on the weekend of 13 – 14 October 2018. he event commemorated 125 years of Salvation Army service in Thunder Bay.
On the long weekend of 28 – 30 September 2018, the South London Fellowship Band (Conductor Darrell Scholes) visited the northwest of England, with events in Blackpool and Carlisle. Despite challenges with travel and accommodations, the trip was ultimately successful and satisfying, with two concerts and Sunday morning worship during the trip.
Kintambo Band (Bandmaster Sergeant Henri Makanda Nkodia) shared the stage with the Matete Band (Bandmaster Sergeant Achille Ngombi) in the Kintambo hall on 19 August 2018, offering a praise and worship concert for the glory of God.
On the weekend of 1 – 2 April 2017, the Canadian Staff Band (Bandmaster John Lam) had the opportunity to fellowship and minister with two different yet similar congregations in Pickering, Ontario. At both St. Paul’s on-the-hill Anglican Church and the Salvation Army Hope Community Church, the Staff Band experienced a warm reception from wonderful people.
The weekend of 18 – 19 February 2017 saw the Amsterdam Staff Band (Bandmaster Olaf Ritman) join with the Nationale Jeugd Brassband (National Youth Band of the Salvation Army in the Netherlands, Bandmaster Daniel Rosenquist) in Rotterdam for teaching and ministry.