News & Updates
7th May 2016
It was stated that it took 2 years to find a date for Heritage Brass to visit Humber Valley United Church. It certainly was worth waiting for because the evening was filled with good music and good Christian fellowship that brought 2 differing denominations together where each learned from the other.
As always the music was mostly sacred music with a devotional thought given by Lt. Col Alf Richardson (Band Exec Officer). Soloists included Major Alan Price (Eb Soprano Cornet) “Summertime” (Gershwin); Steve Preece (Eb Horn) played Len Ballantine’s “His eye is on the Sparrow.”; Gary Dean (Euphonium) played “Travelling Along” (Chris Mallett).
This might just have been the first time that the church had hosted a Salvation Army Band. This writer had the opportunity to speak of the band’s history and make-up, including explaining the instruments the band use. In return, it was enlightening to learn of the church and its activities. The warmth of the hosts was much appreciated by the band with the refreshments they provided and the reception to the music chosen. We are given to understand that a return visit is already in the planning.
Saturday 23rd April 2016
Agincourt Community Church sanctuary was pretty well filled for the annual ‘In Their Steps’ Concert. The program featured the Divisional Young People’s Band – ‘Blood and Fire Brass’ and the ‘Divisional Singing Company’ and ‘Heritage Brass.’ ‘In their Steps’ fittingly described the wide spectrum of age of those participating. For Heritage Brass the age of entry is 55 with some of its members still active in their 80’s. For the Youth groups the age ranges from ages 9-17.
During the evening much was said about the youth following in the footsteps of those who have seen many years of Salvation Army banding. Indeed, opportunity was given in two items where the youth and those not so young came together. The Trombone section of both bands joined to play – ‘You Know That We Love You.’ Of special interest was a double Cornet Duet ‘Deliverance’ where B/M Bob Gray and Murray Shadgett played alongside their students… Alexis Dill (Bob) and Evelyn Robertson (Murray). Other items included the Horn Solo ‘His Eye is on the Sparrow-Steve Preece (HB). Bram Robertson (B&FB) played ‘You can’t stop God.’ Alexandria Girard provided a Piano solo.
It was a wonderful evening of music-making with the Divisional Commander Lt. Col. Sandra Rice concluding the evening with a brief devotional.
Sunday 17th January 2016 – 6:30pm.
Heritage Brass were privileged to be invited to the Lakeshore Salvation Army Community Church (Lieutenants Sam & Mary Tim) as special guests for their weekly Sunday evening service. There is always a good feeling within the band when the band can be supportive in ministry at other corps, particularly when the corps is small and musically challenged. Lieutenant Tim introduced and welcomed the band making mention that he had heard the band when they played at the Basakoli concert in Sept 2015. In his words he said… “I want this band at our corps.”
The band provided a light programme of music of marches and sacred selections. A few new pieces in the band’s repertoire included the marches ‘Golden Jubilee’ ‘Exultation’ and ‘Fill the World with Music.’ Two of Douglas Court’s compositions were featured… ‘Things are Different Now’ and his march ‘Heaven Bound.’ The programme included some congregational singing. The Band also provided two vocal songs. Lieut. Col. Alf Richardson was recently appointed the band’s executive officer, bringing a devotional thought to the end the evening. The corps people expressed themselves with a deep appreciation of the band’s visit. Following the programme, everybody gathered downstairs where the corps people had prepared light refreshments for everyone. AP
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 (Soloist: 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.
Heritage Brass were invited to bring an evening program of music for the Divisional Seniors Retreat at the Conference Centre at Jackson’s Point. The band was warmly welcomed with the comment – “Looking around the band they look very much like us – white or no hair with a few wrinkles here and there.”
This was the first concert for the band’s newly appointed bandmaster, Bob Gray. Bob selected a program of music for the occasion which really fitted the occasion. The band began with a fanfare type arrangement… ‘To A God Like This. ’ The program then saw several old marches such as ‘Golden Jubilee’ ‘Southall 100’ ‘Goldcrest’ and of course, everybody’s favourite – ‘Montreal Citadel.’ The band sang ‘My Jesus I Love Thee.’ Reaching back into the past, Deryck Diffey brought the cornet Solo – ‘Silver Threads.’ The Trombone section played ‘Wonders Begin When the Lord Comes In.’
Norm Ritson played the solo – ‘Somebody Prayed for Me’ and Major Greg Simmonds picked up on that theme as he brought a brief devotional thought. It was a personal thought where the Major talked about his early life where God or church was not present in his home or life. Major Greg began attending the Salvation Army and he talked about how he became acutely aware of people praying for him. Reflecting on his life, a Christian and now a retired Salvation Army Officer, Major Greg spoke about the importance of intercessory prayer in the life of every Christian and every Church.
It was a good evening where everybody clearly enjoyed the time praising the Lord and making music.