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Heritage Brass visited Bracebridge Salvation Army Corps for the weekend 7-8 November 2015. The corps people provided a supper for the band and their spouses before the band presented an evening programme of music. The band began with the March – “Southall One Hundred” followed with a Congregational Song Arrangement: “Praise My Soul.” Other items included the Intrada – “To A God Like This” and William Himes lovely composition “Soli Deo Gloria.” Before finishing the first half of the programme the band sang “My Jesus, I Love Thee” and finished out the first half of the programme with Fantasy On American Spirituals – “Jubilation.”
The band opened the second half of the programme with the Cornet and Trombone Feature – “In Good Company” followed by the Festival March – “Concord.” The band sang once again with the Hymn Setting – “My Jesus, I Love Thee.” Major Greg Simmonds (Executive Officer) brought a brief devotional which was followed by the Cornet Solo – “I Surrender All” by bandsman Deryck Diffey. The band finished their programme with the Festival Arrangement – “We Have An Anchor.”
The evening concert was well appreciated by the folk who gathered.
Sunday morning saw the band preparing to lead worship led by Major Greg Simmonds. Bandsperson Sylvia Thompson brought a very meaningful, emotional personal testimony. Major Cliff Holman took charge of the children’s time. The band sang the song “Simply Trusting Every Day” and played Len Ballantine’s “I know thou art Mine.” Major Simmonds brought the morning message.
Following the morning meeting, the corps people provided a lunch for everyone. The Corps Officer Captain Fred Reid expressed appreciation for the visit of the band. It was the feeling of the band that the weekend had been very successful and God-glorifying. It had been explained to the band that many ‘new’ people had joined the corps in the last few years and would have been introduced to a ‘new picture’ of the Salvation Army in the band’s ministry. It was good to interact with the folk and share Christ with one another. We give God all the glory.
Saturday October 24, 2015
An excellent program of music was enjoyed by the people who gathered at Etobicoke Temple. The band was in fine form with their recently appointed bandmaster, Bob Gray. Guests for the evening were LYN JANES (Vocal soloist) and BILL WAY (Piano accompanist and soloist). Both Lynn and Bill have long been known around the Toronto area as first class musicians. Their choice of music and presentation did not disappoint bringing much enjoyment and blessing. Major Greg Simmonds guided the programme along and brought a brief devotional. See Programme below
Opener – To a God like this – Band
Responsive Reading – Psalm 150 – Maj. Simmons
Congregational Song – Come, join our Army
March – Concord – Band
Vocal Solo – Bachianas
Brasileiras No. 5 – Lynn Janes
Piano Solo – Gospel Train – Bill Way
Euphonium Solo – Ransomed (Soloist: Gary Dean)
Vocal Solo – Not For a Moment – Lynn Janes
Hymn Setting – Amazed! – Band
Intrada – In Good Company – Band
Piano Solo – Something About That Name – Bill Way
Vocal Solo – In the love of Jesus – Lynn Janes
Vocal Solo – Soli Deo
Gloria – Lynn Janes
Band Vocal – My Jesus, I Love Thee
Cornet Solo – I Surrender All (Solist: Deryck Diffey)
Devotional – Maj. Simmonds
Festival Arrangement – We Have an Anchor – Band
Benediction – In My Life Lord, Be Glorified – Band
A small group from Heritage Brass played some music for Jack Cockhead at the hospital shortly before he was Promoted to Glory. The family acknowledged the group’s presence indicating, that though Jack could not communicate, he clearly was aware of the music. Jack was a valued member of Heritage Brass and will be missed.
On Saturday 26th September 2015 the Basakoli Choir hosted a Basokali Festival at the Global Kingdom Ministries Church on Markham Road, Scarborough. The word ‘Basakoli’ means ‘Messengers’ which identifies Christian members who belong to a choir or group from different African countries. On this particular evening, the members were primarily from Angola. The evening began with the sound of African drums with lots of energy and volume. The special guest was Dodo Miranda (vocal) who had been brought in from Angola for the evening. It was explained to the audience that Dodo was extremely well known in Angola and we were treated again to an exciting rhythmic African flavour of music which had the audience rocking.
The evening was guided along by Eddie Matondo who is an Angolan Salvationist living in Toronto. Eddie is a member of the Basakoli Choir that worship at Bloor central corps. The choir performed 3 songs in true African style, wearing very attractive Salvation Army African dress.
As the program began to take shape, some of the Heritage Brass members began to wonder how a Salvation Army Band would go over and would our music fit? But Eddie had invited the band and assured the band that they would be welcomed. The band kept to much of its traditional programming
with Salvation Army marches and hymn tune arrangements and some classics like – ‘Jesus Joy of Man’s Desiring’ and ‘Music for the Royal Fireworks’ and the response was truly wonderful. The band also played the Angolan National Anthem and a Song arrangement of some African songs where we could clearly hear people singing along to the melodies. The highlight of the evening for the Heritage Brass members was when the band played the Hymn Setting – ‘On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss’ which is a lovely arrangement of ‘It is well with my soul.’ At the end of the final note, you could have heard a pin drop. It was some 10-15 seconds or so before some people wanted to applaud which expressed the highest tribute any Christian group would want and confirmed the Holy Spirit’s presence in the band’s attendance and music.
Truly this was an evening of praising God with a lesson for all, that as Christians we must respect and appreciate one another in our journey of faith considering culture and taste.