WARSAW — The Salvation Army Chicago Staff Band will be in concert at the Performing Arts Center, Warsaw Community High School, 1 Tiger Lane, Warsaw, at 7 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 19. The performance is free to the public and sponsored by 1st Source Bank and the Esther Pfleiderer Charitable Trust. Tickets and more information may be obtained at www.eventbrite.com.
The Chicago Staff Band is The Salvation Army’s principal concert band of the Midwest. Its innovative music and quality performances are the results 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 with others.
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 CSB 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.”