Music has played an important part in Salvation Army ministry and life from its earliest days in England.
Early Salvation Army musicians used brass instruments to attract people and speak of God’s love for them. From those early beginnings, Salvation Army music has traveled around the world. Salvation Army composers and arrangers have produced a vast repertoire of musical works which are used to accompany congregational singing during Sunday and mid-week services. The music additionally provides a very attractive concert program for brass bands and vocal groups.
The Salvation Army has produced some of the most outstanding brass bands in the world, with the International Staff Band from London, England, serving as the principle Army band in the world. Outstanding American brass bands can be found functioning as the New York Staff Band, Chicago Staff Band, Southern Territorial Band, National Capital Band, Pasadena Tabernacle Band, and Tustin Ranch Band.
Salvation Army trained musicians have become extremely accomplished and include such famous American composers as William Himes, James Curnow, and Stephen Bulla. In fact, Bulla is currently serving as the principle arranger for the “President’s Own” United States Marine Corps Band in Washington, D.C.
Music has been an important part of religious life in The Salvation Army. Throughout its history, music has symbolized the cheerful religion of Salvationists, providing both the expression of a joyous faith and a form of recreation. Many officers and soldiers play musical instruments and participate in informal musical sessions. Bands and songster brigades (choirs) are recognized for their achievements and often are called upon to participate in community activities. Famous conductors and composers have commended Salvation Army bands for their musical excellence. The list includes John Philip Sousa, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Edwin Franko Goldman, Erik Leidzen, Meredith Willson, Dr. Rudolph Ringwald and others. Many prominent musicians throughout the world have received their music training in The Salvation Army.
Martin Luther said, “I truly desire that all Christians would love and regard as worthy the lovely gift of music, which is a precious, worthy, and costly treasure given to mankind by God.
The riches of music are so excellent and so precious that words fail me whenever I attempt to discuss and describe them…. In summa, next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world. It controls our thoughts, minds, hearts, and spirits…
Our dear fathers and prophets did not desire without reason that music be always used in the churches. Hence, we have so many songs and psalms.
This precious gift has been given to man alone that he might thereby remind himself that God has created man for the express purpose of praising and extolling God.”
Our music ministries are under the direction of Erik Lunde. Our music programs are open to the entire community. The two branches of our music ministry are (1) our worship team and in-house music ministries and (2) our music labs.
Our praise team ministers at each Sunday service. We do not currently have a set rehearsal time. We are always looking for committed Christians who wish to use their talents to glorify God.
We are not currently offering music labs but are hopeful these will begin again soon.
Piano lab—Wednesdays at 4pm
Each class has room for six students all levels—beginner, intermediate, and advanced. We have six digital pianos with headphones. The classes are free but require a serious commitment. Classes include instruction in theory and written assignments. There is a one time charge for the lesson book.
Call the office (207-4472) and ask for Larry Jones for more information.
Guitar classes—Wednesdays at 3pm
These classes are also open to the public free of charge. Classes are for beginner and intermediate levels. Classes include instruction in theory and written assignments. Students must bring their own guitar.
New guitar classes start up every semester. Call Larry Jones for more info 207-4472.