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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

June 23, 2015

NEW from 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

"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 or by phone at 416-422-6100 (Canada).
May 22, 2015

New Book of Piano Solos available

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 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

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
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.
September 9, 2014

'A Christmas Ovation' is worth an applause

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Our 2014 Territorial Christmas CD is now available to order.­ Containing almost 80 minutes of music, it features The Canadian Staff Band, Mountain Citadel Band, Stonechurch Brass, North York Temple Band, London Citadel Band, Legacy Brass, the 2013 Festival Chorus, the Ontario Central-East Divisional Youth Chorus, Toronto Northern Lights, and soloists William White, Steve Brown, Robert Rawlins, Wendy Woodland, Deliah Williams, Karen Gross, Craig Woodland and Marjory Watson.

The price is only $1.25 each - a perfect stocking stuffer or substitute for Christmas cards.­ The CD comes with separate sealers so you can insert your own invitation or Christmas message inside before sealing the CD.

Previous years' CDs are also still available for as little as 50 cents each.

Click here to learn more about the performers and composers on this CD.

Click here to download an order form.
June 24, 2014

Good Ol Army

Bermuda Divisional Band Spring Festival 2014 - report by Divisional Bandmaster Warren W. Jones

On Saturday 31 May 2014 the Bermuda Divisional Band marked its 18th Annual Spring Festival of Music at the North Street Citadel Corps in Hamilton Bermuda.

While most ‘Army’ concerts tend to be attended by faithful Salvationists, the Bermuda Divisional Band (BDB) Spring Festival has become a major outreach vehicle for the Army in Bermuda with many attending regularly who have no church affiliation. Band members have made it a point to invite workmates, friends and family to this annual event and as one newcomer remarked the following week back at the job, “If I like something once, I’ll try it a second time. Let me know when the next one is on.”

This year was also special in having as our guests, Territorial Commanders, Commissioners Brian and Rosalie Peddle.

The theme being ‘Good Ol Army’, the evening featured selections that captured the Army’s long history as a force for the Salvation of Souls.

Early arrivals were treated to a powerpoint presentation, put together by BDB Executive member and 1st Horn Player Tamiko Ramabuke. This was a combination of Army history and a video compilation of the BDB.

As its prelude, the band featured Meredith Wilson’s ‘Banners & Bonnets’ with vocal soloist Deputy Bandmaster Jamel Bean and, providing a glimpse into the past, several female band members sported bonnets.

It has been common for the BDB to invite in guests from other denominations however, in light of our theme this year, the Festival was all Army.

Bandsman Sheldon Fox II composed a march for the BDB entitled, ‘Love At Home’ and featuring the hymn tune as the theme. Additionally, Sheldon assembled a vocal ensemble which presented Songster selections ‘Spirit Divine’, ‘His Provision’ and, as their final number, let loose on Grammy Award winner Hezekiah Walker’s ‘Every Praise’.

Band member and 1st Baritone Shonette Wilson took us back with her Timbrel Brigade titled, ‘the Hallelujah Lassies’ who provided a traditional drill to congregational favourite, ‘I’ll go in the strength of the Lord’ and then closed out with a very contemporary presentation entitled ‘Souled Out’.

Former Band member Vanessa Gaiton sensitively closed out the devotional period with a liturgical dance interpretation of ‘People Need the Lord’.

Amongst the selections provided by the band were:

•­­ ­Andrew Makereth’s Flugel Horn Solo I Surrender All featuring Deputy Bandmaster Jerome Astwood;
•­­ ­Nick Simmons-Smith Festival March Marching Along;
•­­ ­Bill Broughton’s Deep River;
•­­ ­Barrie Gott’s Let There be Praise;
•­­ ­A.W. Gullidge’s Divine Communion; and
•­­ ­Major Kenneth Smith’s The Wonder of it All.

While it is always difficult to know how the music is being received while you are presenting it, the band had prayerfully prepared months in advance for the evening and­­ based on comments received, the Spirit moved throughout the evening.

For some, it was a spiritual awakening and band members are aware that they have a responsibility to follow up to encourage those persons to explore those feelings. For others, it was a time of reflection and joyful praise. Whatever their ‘takeaway’, we are believing that God was Glorified.

It is our continued prayer that as we play annually at the Spring Festival and throughout our beautiful Island community, that the Spirit of the Lord will be in our playing and our living.

Divisional Bandmaster
Warren W. Jones
May 14, 2014

Fort Frances 100th Anniversary Celebration

To help celebrate their 100th Corps Anniversary, The Salvation Army in Fort Frances Ontario (Canada) invited Bermuda's West End Community Church Band as special guests.­ Bandmaster Jerome Astwood and bandmember Steve Bean documented their experience to share with THEMEonline.

Thursday 3rd April 2014
We all met at LF Wade International Airport. Whilst there we were greeted and supported by Divisional members. Even though we had issues in the preparation to travel, we had no issues with instruments once we arrived at the airport. God was working even now! Everyone was upbeat about the trip ahead. We left on an Air Canada flight to Toronto. Bandsman Ronnie Astwood who is in school in Toronto met us in the airport. All were excited to see him. After a two hour stop over, we flew to Thunder Bay on Air Canada Jazz. Upon our arrival there was light snow falling and the ground was wonderfully white. After a quick detour for food, we settled in for the 4 hour drive to Ft Frances. At 11pm we arrived at the hotel­ (2hr difference from Bermuda) cool and tired but all were well.

Friday 3rd April 2014
Everyone was upbeat for the ministry ahead. The group was greeted by the Lts Maybury (Fort Frances COs) and Demara (daughter). After this we Met our drivers – Doug and Mr McTaggert and the leaders for the weekend – Majors Bungay (Div Officers) Great officers that have a heart for the Lord and His People. It was so good to greet them all. The group had breakfast and a devotional together led by bandsman Dennis Astwood. Then we were off to Rainy River Rest Home. We were amazed by over 100 residents. It was a really nice facility. The Band played the March – Morning Glory and the Hymn Tune Arr – Llanfair. We also accompanied the signing of Holy Holy Holy. Major Curtis Butler (WECC CO) brought a stirring devotional. During the visit they honoured long serving Soldiers who reside at the home – for their faithful service and commitment. They were two ladies 80+ still attending the corps. The local Newspaper and TV media conducted interviews with the Mayburys, along with B/M Astwood, Major Bungay and bandsman Steve Bean.

We were then whisked off to share in a March of witness in the town. It was cold but very effective. We had to watch out for puddles and ice along the route which was a challenge. The band, soldiers and officers did well and received a warm reception from the town folk as they played some good old Hymn tunes. The March ended at the corps with Pictures taken outside with our OPP Police escort. There was a real respect for the Army in Fort Frances and the Mayburys. After a quick lunch the band conducted afternoon assembly concert at the area High School. Over 250 students were in attendance. WECC ladies singing group Jabulani led a sing song. It was an awesome sight to see the teenage students interact with the group. The Band played upbeat numbers like the Festival March – Maidenhead 125 and Saints Alive! There was a standing ovation, which concluded with Bill Himes’ -This I Know. Many parents thanked the band for lifting up the name of Jesus there as prayer is not allowed at the school.

We then went to New Beginnings Church to set up for the Saturday concert. The sanctuary and facilities was very immaculate. After the set up and sound check the band carried out a short rehearsal. By this time we all were tired but in good­ spirits as we focused on the grateful people that we encountered throughout the day. That evening we were informed that the march was already getting positive hits on YouTube!

Saturday 5th April 2014
The band had the morning off. Folk took the time to sleep in a little. We had a late morning devotional after breakfast led by bandsman Eldon Lambert.­ Some of the group rested while some ventured out to do some shopping at Walmart and Canadian Tire. By this time the weather really cleared and warmed up. After this there was Saturday afternoon concert in support of the area volunteers. This concert was well attended. Band played the Festival March Maidenhead 125 and Renewed after prelude. Lts Mary and Dennis Maybury led the concert. It was very spiritual and inspirational. Also featured was a Guitar/vocal soloist from the town and Jabulani sang bringing the house down with Richard Smallwoods ‘Jesus you’re the center of my Joy’. Lt Mary was the soloist. Fort Frances corps honored several dedicated volunteers and Major Bungay brought the Word. The WECC Blacklight Mime Ministry was powerful and wowed the crowd. Also during the concert Demara Maybury danced and joined the band in Erik Silverberg’s cornet solo – People Need the Lord. The group from Bermuda took time to share little gifts of the island with the guests as well. The Band closed concert with Give to Jesus Glory and the Tribute March – Ft Frances Centennial. Everyone stayed and fellowshipped in the church hall over food and cake to honour the 100 ann celebrations!­ Later that evening we shared in a dinner at La Flambee which is owned and operated by a former chef from Morocco who used to work in Bermuda. The Food was awesome and the ambience was welcoming.

Sunday 6th­ April 2014
Sunday was a full day of worship which started with an 11am worship service at the Ft Frances Corps. It was well attended and the Lts mentioned that this was the largest Sunday attendance in their time there. The band prelude consisted of worship songs like His Provision, Holy Spirit Rain Down and Be Still for the Presence of the Lord. Lt Dennis welcomed folk to the Centennial service. One of the eldest corps members faithfully read the scripture from the book of Matthew. During the offering and tithes the band played Give Thanks. B/M Jerome shared his testimony and played a trumpet solo of To God be the Glory by Doug Court. Major Bungay brought the Word – based around the Easter story and Christ’s redemption for the world.­ We had a quick lunch and then afternoon multi denominational community service at New Beginnings Church. Jabulani led in song and a rousing chorus sing which was enjoyed by all.­ There were Tributes to the SA by clergy from Evangelical and Anglican churches. It was a true blessing to hear about the good work the Army is doing in and around the community. Also an Envoy from Minnesota shared early stories of the Army in Fort Frances and her conversion testimony. Mrs Major Bungay brought the Word and challenged us to remain faithful in the Lords service. The Lts were grateful to the Majors and the band for their support and Christ like love over the weekend. It was hard to believe that the Weekend was over. We then packed up and shared dinner together on the Riverside overlooking the Canada / USA border.

Monday 7th­ April 2014
This morning we checked out and left Ft Frances on the bus at 12pm. What a great and Spirit filled weekend. Major Curtis prayed for safe travels and for Gods provision over the Lts Maybury and the Ft Frances corps folk. There was Bermuda Gombey music played on the bus stereo for the Mayburys as they left the bus after thanking us again. After a relaxing 4 hour bus ride, we arrived in Thunder Bay and caught the plane back to Toronto. We arrived late at night and everyone nestled in at hotel due to an early start the next day.

Tuesday 8th­ April 2014
This day we left for Pearson Intl airport airport at 5am. Hard to believe the weekend was all over already. We were all changed and all felt fulfilled from the ministry trip. We arrived back in Bermuda met by the midday sun and family, corps members. The WECC Band and corps thank God for the great things He has done in and thru us over the Ft Frances 100th­ anniversary celebrations. For His Glory!

- Submitted by Bandmaster Jerome Astwood

Personal Views on Fort Francis - submitted by bandsman Steve Bean

First of all, I thought the entire experience was a huge success. Thanks be to God! Every detail of the trip was thought out and each event was well organized, which allowed our time to be maximized for the benefit of everyone. We were busy, especially on the Friday, performing at one place then right on to the next. This was great because we had opportunities to
witness to so many. Up early mornings, get your breakfast, have a devotion, then out of the hotel ready to carry out the mission was our daily routine.

Secondly, I was somewhat amazed at the response that we received at each event. The people at Fort Francis, young and old, came out to support and demonstrated their appreciation by getting involved in the singing, loud applause when appropriate and offering words of gratitude after performances. I could tell that they were blessed and I thank God for using
us. On the other side of the coin we were equally blessed. Surprising how The Father orchestrates it all, allowing his servants to be used to uplift others and in doing so the servants are uplifted also. I definitely came away from that experience feeling that I received more than I gave. If and when the band considers traveling again you can count me in.
Another benefit received while traveling with our church members was the opportunities to interact with each other in ways that you do not normally get when at home. While traveling we could sit and talk, we shared meals together, walked to and from Wal Mart and Canadian Tyre and while sitting in the lobby it gave us time to develop our relationships. I appreciate Leeann and Buddy now from a different angle, I know that Joanne Fubler is cold blooded, Dennis loves to get up early and go for nature walks, if you need a button sewn see Mrs. Pringle who happens to carry a needle and thread, Major Curtis is a kid at heart and still loves to throw snowballs at people, and if you have any kind of illness go to the Astwoods because they can help. I now have a closer connection with each person because we shared the experiences and the memories will remain with each of us for a very long time.

The opportunity we had of reuniting with Lieutenant Maybury and family was precious. I believe the Good Lord arranged the reunion for reasons that no one even­ knows the extent of at this time. The look on their faces when we met on the first day and the expression on their faces when we left said it all. Especially, sister Mary who shows all her emotions. I thought it was very hospitable of the Maybury's to invite everyone to their home for chips,dip and drink which turned into a pizza party. I enjoyed the time of fellowship because we all crammed into the kitchen area and talked and laughed late into the night. Also, we got to meet and were very encouraged by people, like 90 yr old, Mr. Taggard and Doug who sacrificed daily to transport us and did so with interest, enthusiasm and love. The elderly lady who reads the scripture every Sunday and has been doing so for years, demonstrated a level of commitment to serve, that all of us need to follow.

Lastly, I thought the band outperformed ourselves especially at the concert on Saturday. From the first piece, Magesty, I knew we were at a place in our playing were only God could have taken us. From that point on in the service the stage was set. I felt so different while playing. I could actually, for the first time, hear the different parts being played and my confidence was soaring. I was blessed by my own playing and left feeling that there is hope for me. When the band played, " Oh Canada", I could not believe how good we sounded. Proves that if we show up and do our part than God will take over and do the rest. How He takes what little we have to offer and multiplies it so that all needs can be met is a miracle in itself. I know that everyone who went on the trip was blessed immensely and I only hope that if we get a chance to do something like that again the rest of our band members can accompany us.