Salvation Army Student Fellowship Music Groups Perform
The Wilmore Community Development Board and the Clark Chapel Restoration Committee will host a concert by the brass band, choir, dance troupe and timbrels of The Salvation Army Student Fellowship of Asbury University and Asbury Theological Seminary on Oct. 16, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. in the historic Clarke Chapel of the Wilmore United Methodist Church on Main Street.
In addition to a wide range of musical and dance numbers by these groups, the program will feature congregational singing of great hymns, accompanied by the 30-piece brass ensemble. The one-hour program, part of the Arts on Main series, is free and open to the public, though an offering will be taken in support of the Clarke Chapel restoration. The event is followed by a “Meet and Greet” fellowship time with refreshments.
Members of the SASF Brass Band and Vocal Ensemble are generally soldiers (laymen) in The Salvation Army who are pursuing various undergraduate and graduate academic degree programs at Asbury University and Asbury Theological Seminary. These volunteers participate in on-campus worship services, local out-reach programs by The Salvation Army and community concerts, and they take an extended musical ministry trip several times a year. Some highlight events in the last two years have included musical ministry trips to Chicago, Atlanta and Bloomington, Ind., with trips this year scheduled for Philadelphia and Louisville, Ky.
The present SASF Brass Band has functioned as a performing unit since the late 1940s, but was been more formally organized under faculty leadership in 1974, when Professor James Curnow joined the University faculty. Dr. Ronald W. Holz, who serves as Professor of Music Literature and Instrumental Music at the University, has been directing the band since he joined the faculty in 1981. Dr. Beatrice Holz, who also serves on the Asbury University music faculty as Professor of Music Education and Voice founded the Vocal Ensemble that same year. The SASF Band and Vocal Ensemble have made seven recordings since 1977. Sales of recordings help support their ministry. The fellowship also forms two other ensembles, a Sacred Dance Troupe and a Timbrel Brigade, the latter we believe to be unique to the Salvation Army. These young women perform rhythmically dynamic choreographic routines with their tambourines to lively accompaniments by the brass band.
Salvation Army music varies widely in format and styles but is unified in its intent. The principal aim of all Salvation Army music, as with all Salvation Army programs and activities, is to lift high the Name of Jesus Christ and to lead men and women into a restored relationship with their Savior and Creator.
Majors Douglas and Deboroah Burr direct the overall Salvation Army Student Fellowship on campus. Nearly 100 students, spouses, faculty and friends are members of the fellowship. Because of the historic ties between Asbury University and The Salvation Army, which date back to at least 1931, more Salvationists attend Asbury University than any other college or university in the United States. Hundreds of Salvation Army leaders, officers (clergy) and lay employees are graduates of the University.