The Chicago Staff Band will perform a public concert on March 15th at 7:00pm at The Salvation Army Corps Community Center 2901 North Clinton Street, Fort Wayne IN. The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center and The Salvation Army Corps Community Center are hosting this event together to bring an amazing evening of music to Fort Wayne.
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The Chicago Staff Band is The Salvation Army’s principal concert band of the midwest. Its innovative music and quality performances are the result of dedication and effort of its band members who volunteer their many hours of service without remuneration.
Of the band’s members, approximately one-third are laymen of various occupations and students and two-thirds are Salvation Army officers (ordained ministers) and employees, serving in various administrative and service-oriented positions within the Army’s network of metropolitan Chicago facilities and programs.
All of these individuals have at least three things in common: a love and desire to serve God, commitment to the membership and ministry of The Salvation Army and musical talent that is willingly shared in groups such as the Chicago Staff Band.
Founded in 1907, the band has traveled extensively throughout the United States, as well as concert tours of England, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Panama and made a return visit to London where the band was privileged to play for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
In spite of the many changes in personnel over the band’s history, the Chicago Staff Band remains dedicated to Christian service and musical excellence. It is a band composed of capable musicians, but more importantly, it constantly strives to be what was described by a Chicago newspaperman many years ago as “the band with a sacred message”.
(Source: The Salvation Army USA Central Territory website)