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News and Views from the Music & Gospel Arts section of the Corps Ministries Department for Canada and Bermuda Territory.

Theme News

September 9, 2015

Territorial 2015 Christmas CD now available

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"Christmas Rejoicing" is the newest Christmas CD released by The Salvation Army Territorial Headquarters for Canada and Bermuda. It features more than an hour of brass, choral and solo items from their popular annual "Christmas With The Salvation Army" concerts live at Roy Thomson Hall (Toronto Ontario Canada) as well as specially recorded items for the CD.  Contributing artists include The Canadian Staff Band, North York Temple Band, The Venabrass, St. John's Temple Band, Andrea Donais, Heritage Brass, Legacy Brass, Blood & Fire Brass, Wendy Woodland, Marjory Watson, Captain Margaret Davis, Toronto Northern Lights, the Ontario Central-East Divisional Youth Chorus, and the THQ Women's Chorus.

Priced at just $1.25 each (Canadian funds), they are cheaper to buy than a Christmas card, and ideal to purchase for stocking stuffers for family, friends and neighbours.  They make great give-aways for church or social functions as well.

To download an order form, click here.
To view the song line-up on the CD, click here.
To learn more about the artists and composers, click here.

Past years' CDs are also available for as little as 50 cents each.  These include:

A Christmas Ovation (2014)
A Christmas Interlude (2013)
A Portrait of Christmas (2012)
A Christmas Offering (2011)
Glad Tidings (2010)
Christmas Past & Present (2009)

July 22, 2015

SA Songbook online

picture of 1986 Salvation Army songbook
The entire 1986 Songbook of The Salvation Army can be found online by clicking here.  Copy and paste lyrics for songsheets and PowerPoint.  Listen to the tunebook tunes that coincide with each song as well.  Easy to use, it's worth checking out.
July 13, 2015

National Camp 2015 Applications

National Music Camp
National is the biggest annual youth event in the Canada and Bermuda Territory!
At National we enjoy making music for the glory of God.
Our primary focus is to become more and more like Jesus –
this is reflected in our Bible sessions and our times of spiritual challenge.
Positions fill up fast, so get your application in early!
Details for travel subsidies and early accommodation booking are included in the application below.

DATE: 29 August – 5 September, 2015
LOCATION: Jackson’s Point Conference Centre, ON
COST: $350
OPEN TO: 16-30

Click here to download an application.
June 23, 2015

NEW from Maple Leaf Brass!

Maple Leaf Brass
MLB-40  Do You Hear What I Hear
MLB-41  Songs of Assurance
To view a full listing of all pieces available in this series, click here.
May 22, 2015

New Drama Resource Available to Order

Dramatic Monologues
"Salvationist Star Search Dramatic Monologues and Sketches" includes 32 monologues and small group short sketches for all ages, including monologues written particularly for budding child actors ages 6+.  A great way to enhance scripture and Bible stories, sermons and creative worship experiences, it also is a good working resource for camp and church drama teams. The back section of the book gives great problem-solving tips on how to create a solid, professional performance from your team. 
Can be ordered by E-mail at orderdesk@can.salvationarmy.org or by phone at 416-422-6100 (Canada).
May 22, 2015

New Book of Piano Solos available

Encore Piano Solos

Encore features a collection of 40 piano solos, from very easy to more difficult, based on familiar hymns and worship choruses.  Ideal for the new pianist as well as more seasoned ones, it can be easily used in services for preludes and offeratory. All arrangements were written by well-known Army composers including Leonard Ballantine, Norman Bearcroft, Ivor Bosanko, Harold Burgmayer, Kenneth Downie, John Larsson, Kevin Larsson, Andrew Mackereth, Robert Redhead, Ray Steadman-Allen, Duncan Sutton, David Mallett and David Jones.
To order, E-mail orderdesk@can.salvationarmy.org or phone 416-422-6100 (Canada).
April 20, 2015

Bermuda's West End Community Church Band Report

Well they say sometimes that BIG things come in small packages sometimes, and that can be said of the band of The Salvation Army West End Community Church in Bermuda. After a busy 2013-2014 season, which saw the band travel to Ft Frances, Ontario, Canada as guests of their Centennial Celebrations, this present season has been a busy one as well.

    In October 2014, the band received a grant from Canada and Bermuda THQ Music and Gospel Arts Dept. that assisted in supporting the vision and ministry of the band. This allowed us to purchase a much needed BBb Tuba and Flugelhorn. The band was most grateful for the support and commitment shown by Majors Curtis and Cindy Butler (COs) and Major Kevin Metcalf (Terr MAGA Sec). The instruments were dedicated and displayed to the congregation during a Sunday Worship Service in October. The whole corps gave thanks to God for this truly wonderful gift.

    Throughout the Christmas period the band shared in ministry both at the corps and within the community. We played at Christmas Programs, Shopping Malls, Hotels, Seniors Homes – with the same Message, that Jesus IS the reason for the Season. We also were privileged to share in community caroling with the Cedar Hill Citadel Band. It was so warming to have folk sing along, and smile again at the sound of the band and the carols / selections played. This is always a highlight of our season and a fitting closure to 2014.

    During the weekend of 28th and 29th of March, 2015 the WECC held its annual Gospel Arts Weekend. On the Saturday night, the corps held the GA Concert – Lord of All at the corps on Cambridge Road. The weather was good as well as the atmosphere. Folk came from throughout the island to fill out the hall. The event was also live streamed and to our amazement had over 40 viewers. As the crowd was entering they were met by a PowerPoint presentation showing pictures of Gospel Arts at the corps past to present. It was a very contemplative moment. This year the guest band was the Cedar Hill Citadel Band (B/M Warren Jones) and guest conductor was B/M (Rtd) Calvin Ming Jr (North Street Citadel). Comperes for the night were the Bermuda DCs Majors Frank and Rita Pittman. The joint bands kicked off the night with Capt Martin Cordner’s festival-march-like ‘Lord of All’. This set the tone and spirit of the evening. After intros and an opening prayer by Major Cindy, one of our corps teenagers Lyric Fubler shared some wonderful uplifting words in a spiritual poem about uplifting and praising God. Then the band under the baton of B/M Ming played young Fred Mbesi’s Song Setting – Peacemaker. This was its inaugural performance and was well played by the band and received by the audience. It featured Greg Ferguson’s song Peacemaker with hints of Eric Balls timeless tune Peace in our time Lord. Next up was the North Street Citadel Singing Company under the leadership of Carol McDowall. They sang two items and dazzled the crowd with their solos and bold appearance. It was so inspiring to see kids singing their hearts out to God!

The band then shared a time of reflection and tribute to one of their former members and COs Major Mark Cummings. He was recently promoted to Glory and during his ministry in Bermuda in the early 1990s, he rejuvenated the banding ministry at the corps. The band played B/M George Marshall’s classic Song Arr – ‘Jesus Himself Drew Near’. It was a very stirring performance with Holy Week just around the corner. One of the featured items of the night came, not from a dance, or brass band nor a vocal piece; it was from a gifted soloist by the name of David Bean. David plays the ‘leaf’, ‘cherry leaf’ to be exact. As he played ‘As the Deer’ , the crowd was left in awe by David and his testimony of living out, ‘Let everything that has breath, Praise the Lord!’ You had to be there to experience that artistry! I’m sure it brought a smile to the Lord’s heart!
As a midway point Bandsman Sheldon Fox II (North Street Citadel) sat at the piano and led the congregation in the recent Gospel Anthem ‘Hear my cry oh Lord’ with full rhythm and brass accompaniment. This was truly enjoyed by all. After another moving poem by Lyric, Major Curtis Butler (CO), Sheldon and Monique Christopher shared a Drama devotional based around ‘Letting Go’! Even with its humour and drama, the Message of trusting and having faith in God came through clearly. Next  was the band’s second world premier for the night, Dr Dorothy Gates’ new arrangement ‘Whatever it may cost’.   Written at the request of BM Jerome Astwood in 2014, the words in the song are quite tragic in nature, speaking of darkness, fear and failure.  This arrangement transforms the original melody into a darker, more contemplative setting.  We all face very real crosses in our lives.  However, it is not a question of "if" they come.  It is more a question of "when" they come.  But facing these crosses with our Lord we have the strength to say, "I'll not turn back, whatever it may cost!”. During the playing of this piece there was a PowerPoint presentation to help visualize the music.

After a time of thanks and presentations, the joint band accompanied B/M Jones playing Martin Cordner’s lyrical Euphonium solo ‘Abide with me’. The soloist and band did a good job and was very pleasing to all in attendance. This was shown by a large round of applause. To close out the concert B/M Cal Ming led the band through Paul Curnow’s arrangement ‘Lord I Lift Your Name on High’. With its African rhythms and idioms the band played this piece with a sense of excitement, rounding out a most glorious evening of celebrating God, Lord of All.

    The Gospel Arts Sunday was just as moving as the night before. Everyone seemed on a spiritual high and was thankful for the gifts God has given each one of us. To start the service in the attitude of worship, the band played a few prelude pieces from the Army’s Band Tune Book and Scripture Based Songs Series. Throughout the service the theme, Lord of All was exemplified – in word, song or deed. Vecal Astwood sang a wonderful rendition of CeCe Winans song ‘He’s concerned about you’ and B/M Cal Ming read the scripture. The band played two offertory selections, ‘As we are Gathered’ by Trevor Worthington and Dr Harold Burgmayer’s ‘March – Jubilant Day’. During the playing of the march the band was led by 3 yr old up and coming Jaaziah Astwood. The band had a full work out under his baton! Next, B/M Jerome Astwood and B/Sec Shonette Wilson presented a cheque for $250.00 to Major Cindy Butler and Rudolph ‘Buddy’ Hollis (Mission board member) for Partners in Mission 2015. The Lord has blessed the band tremendously,  that we wanted to give back to our partners in the Lord’s work! Major Pittman brought the Word and challenged all to allow themselves to be living sacrifices : to be used by God. To conclude the service Major Rita Pittman led the congregation in the singing with band accompaniment of ‘I’ll Not Turn Back’. A most fitting song of declaration and commitment to round off another GA Weekend at the corps.

    The following week was Holy Week and the WECC Band was on duty once again to help spread the Gospel of Christ. On the Tuesday night they ministered at the Divisional Holy Week Service at WECC. On Good Friday, at 8am, the band shared with the West End Ministerial Alliance at an open-air service at the Somerset Cricket Club. This was open to the community and a very good representation from many of the churches in the western end of the island. Major Curtis spoke along with 7 other pastors on the sayings of Christ. It was a beautiful spring Bermuda-ful morning in His Presence and Light. The band provided accompaniment during the singing of the hymns as well as prelude and postlude music. The theme selection for Holy Week was James Curnow’s rousing ‘At Calvary’ from the AIES. The band played it on the Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. It was a huge hit this year with the band as well as listeners. All in all, this season has been quite busy for the WECC Band but we are grateful for His sacrifice and giftedness. The ability to assist in worship, proclaim Christ and make a joyful noise unto the Lord is a most precious but powerful opportunity. Even though the band is very diverse, (ages, ability, background), God uses us as a vehicle to share His love and Message to others. And for that we are truly grateful!

Jerome Astwood
Bandmaster – SA West End Community Church, Bermuda.

April 10, 2015

Paroles en Fran├žais

Les paroles des chants de louange sont disponibles en ligne.

Cliquez ici pour obtenir la liste des titres. Pour voir les paroles, cliquez sur chacun des titres.

Si vous souhaitez ajouter un chant à la liste ou corriger des fautes que vous avez remarquées, veuillez communiquer avec Kim Garreffa à l'adresse kim_garreffa@can.salvationarmy.org.

French worship song lyrics are now available online.

Click here to view available song titles.  Click on each song title to view the lyrics.

If you would like to add a song to the list, or correct any mistakes you have found, please contact Kim Garreffa at kim_garreffa@can.salvationarmy.org
November 24, 2014

New from Maple Leaf Brass

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The latest releases in the Maple Leaf Brass series is now available for purchase from THQ Supplies and Purchasing

Click here for a complete list of all Maple Leaf Brass items currently available, including prices in Canadian dollars.
November 24, 2014

Christmas Resources

Click here to find advent readings, sermon ideas, Christmas music, easy dramas, responsive readings and much more to inspire you this Christmas season.