The Southern Territorial Band of the Salvation Army will join musical forces with the Jericho Brass in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Westmore Church of God at 2412 Wolfe Ave. N.W.
The 90-minute concert is one stop on territorial band’s four-day tour of the Great Smoky Mountains on Oct. 17-20, 2013.
The USA Southern Territorial Band has been closely linked with the history of The Salvation Army in the Southland for 86 years. Its 30 members are highly trained musicians who unite a geographically diverse territory made up of 15 states from Florida, north to Maryland and West Virginia, and west to Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.
Members travel hundreds of miles to meet for rehearsals and territorial events only three or four times per year. They are all Salvation Army officers and soldiers currently serving each week as music and arts ministry leaders in their own local churches. A high caliber of musicianship and a strong motivation for an effective music and arts ministry of worship are hallmarks of these men and women.
Jericho Brass, Chattanooga's brass band, is a community band formed in 1998. Since then, the 25-member band has performed more than 400 concerts and toured the Southeast United States, England and Ireland.
Jericho performs about 20 concerts in addition to small-group presentations by its outreach group, Brassworks. Director Frank Hale is retired from Hixson High School after a long and successful career in high school bands.
Jericho Brass rehearses weekly, drawing highly trained musicians from many professions, including educators, ministers, engineers, artists, and business executives. The community band has five resident composers/arrangers, who contribute original music to the band's repertoire. Jericho Brass enjoys a close relationship to The Salvation Army. The band plays for the love of brass banding and great music.
The bands consists of coronets, flugelhorns, tenor horns, baritones, trombones, euphoniums and tubas, plus a percussion section.
Baritonist and arranger Dan Bowles said it is a “room-filling sound” when all 55 musicians join together.
“The territorial band members are all professional-level musicians who are spectacularly gifted,” he said.
Jericho Brass practices two hours each Monday and features highly talented musicians from various walks of life and vocations.
“The concert is not about the band or musicians. It’s about spreading the message of comforting souls and salvation,” he said.
For more information, please visit www.southernterritorialband.com and www.jerichobrassband.org.
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States.
Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services ranging from food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children.
Eighty-two cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.