1 Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.
2 Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. 3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, 4 praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, 5 praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. 6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.
The above verse is a familiar one and may give you a hint that we are in anticipation of a celebratory event. With one month to go before all North American Staff Bands gather to celebrate the Canadian Staff Band’s 50th anniversary, planning and preparation is certainly at a fever pitch. The Chicago Staff Band, Western Territory Staff Band, Southern Territorial Band and the New York Staff Band will all join us on the weekend of March 1st to 3rd for this milestone in the history of the CSB. Each band will be playing a concert at a corps in the greater Toronto area on Friday, March 1st and then come together on March 2nd for a massive celebration at Roy Thomson Hall.
Events that day will include individual concerts from each band throughout the afternoon and finish with an evening gala concert featuring the massed bands and Canadian trumpet virtuoso, Jens Lindemann. We are pleased to announce that General Brian Peddle and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle will be in attendance and assisting with the celebrations throughout the weekend. On Sunday, March 3rd, each band will minister at a local corps in the morning before gathering for a special worship service and reception for the band and alumni in the afternoon. It’s a celebration not be missed!
We are grateful for the planning committee who has prayerfully and tirelessly worked toward this event and we hope you will make every effort to join us for the festivities. The sheer magnitude of bringing that many bands together for such a celebration can be overwhelming at times and even lead one to ponder the purpose of such anniversaries. Is it just because we feel obligated to hold these events as they come up on the calendar? Is it because of the precedent of tradition set in place by similar events in 1994, 2011 and 2016? Do we hold these events to promote Salvation Army Banding and encourage membership in our fraternity? It is possible that all of these things factor in as ancillary contributors to the bigger picture, but none of these things matter in the grand scope of our intent to honour God in all that He has accomplished through our ministry.
Events such as the CSB 50 not only mark important milestones, but also acknowledge that God Himself is the inventor of tradition and wants people to remember His good works done through us. He wants us to remember our vows to Him and recall the victories He has given us along the way. He wants us to pause, look at the pictures, to laugh about the stories that are so much a part of our ministry and to reminisce about our alumni in recognition of all they did to bring the present band to this juncture. He wants us to honour Him for saving us from destruction into everlasting life and to rededicate ourselves to proclaiming that good news through our gifts in music making. That sense of rededication will certainly be a centerpiece of the weekend’s events.
General Brian Peddle &
Commissioner Rosalie Peddle
Canadian trumpet virtuoso
And so, with all the plans coming to fruition, new music written, rehearsals underway and programs about to be printed, we invite you to join us for this special time together. Because above all, we feel this celebration should be used to once again share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the world and allow it to help us see this anniversary through the lens of what God has done, and continues to do, in each and every one of our lives.
See you there!