The Salvation Army National Capital Band will make a highlight appearance for the Making Joyful Noise concert season at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 15.
Formed in 1925, the National Capital Band has been the Salvation Army’s musical force in the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Composed entirely of volunteer musicians, the band has developed an international reputation of excellence.
The internationally renowned composer and conductor, Erik Leidzen, was the first in a long line of distinguished bandleaders. The present bandmaster is Dr. Steve Kellner, who assumed leadership of the band in July 2010.
Note that this concert is on Sunday, rather than our usual practice of offering concerts on Saturday evenings.
The primary mission of the National Capital Band is to be an emissary of Jesus Christ, through the performance of spiritually inspired music.
In addition to supporting Salvation Army events in Virginia and the Washington Metropolitan area, the band has traveled extensively both in North America and overseas. Major campaigns were conducted in many countries since 1974 including Australia and New Zealand, Scandinavia and Estonia, Russia and Ukraine, Switzerland and France. In 1997, and again in 2005, the band performed before a crowd of more than 25,000 at the Great American Brass Band Festival in Danville, Kentucky.
It is the band’s goal that all those hearing its music will understand and be blessed by its musical message. The Cookie Concerto Reception follows for meeting and greeting the dedicated members of this internationally recognized band.
Prior to the concert, there will be a fund-raising dinner at 6 p.m. in Friendship Hall to benefit The Destination Imagination Team and its trip to global competition. The menu will include barbecue with pasta salad, cole slaw, desserts and other refreshments. Donations will be accepted.