The National Capital Band of the Salvation Army

The Salvation Army tradition of brass bands goes back more than 125 years. In Washington, DC, and the surrounding areas the National Capital Band has been a part of this tradition since its formation in 1925. Members of the band are committed Christian musicians who volunteer their time and talents. Although the band has counted some professional musicians in its ranks over the years (most of them associated with one of the several military bands based in the Nation′s Capital), the vast majority of the players are amateurs, many of whom received their musical training through the Salvation Army.

The band operates on a seasonal basis, with the season running from September through May. Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings at the Divisional Headquarters building on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington. In a typical season, the band will participate in three ministry weekends, have several engagements around the Christmas holidays, and play various engagements in the Washington metro area, averaging about one performance a month.

The National Capital Band (Bandmaster Dr. Steve Kellner) has announced their schedule for the 2012 - 2013 season. The band will conduct ministry weekends to Roanoke, Virginia (November) and Harrisonburg, Virginia (February). Christmas concerts will again be held in Richmond, Virginia and the Washington, DC area. The band will also participate in the NCV Divisional Music Councils at Camp Happyland in April. The band plans to wrap up the season with recording sessions and the annual Band Appreciation Dinner in May.

The primary mission of the National Capital Band in all its many opportunities of ministry is to be an emissary of Jesus Christ, through the performance of spiritually inspired music. It is hoped that all of those hearing the band will understand and be blessed by its musical message.

Here are upcoming dates for 2013:

January 2013

7RehearsalDivisional Headquarters, Washington, DC
14RehearsalDivisional Headquarters, Washington, DC
21RehearsalDivisional Headquarters, Washington, DC
27Hymn Sing
Gaithersburg Presbyterian, Gaithersburg, Maryland

February 2013

4Rehearsal    Divisional Headquarters, Washington, DC
11Rehearsal Divisional Headquarters, Washington, DC
16 -17Ministry Weekend James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia
25Rehearsal Divisional Headquarters, Washington, DC

March 2013

4        RehearsalDivisional Headquarters, Washington, DC
11        RehearsalDivisional Headquarters, Washington, DC
25        RehearsalDivisional Headquarters, Washington, DC

April 2013

1RehearsalDivisional Headquarters, Washington, DC
8RehearsalDivisional Headquarters, Washington, DC
12-14NCV MCCamp Happyland, Richardsville, Virginia
22RehearsalDivisional Headquarters, Washington, DC
29RehearsalDivisional Headquarters, Washington, DC

May 2013

6RehearsalDivisional Headquarters, Washington, DC
13RehearsalDivisional Headquarters, Washington, DC
17-19Recording Sessions/NCAC    TBA
20Band Appreciation DinnerTBA


The National Capital Band of the Salvation Army (Bandmaster Dr. Steve Kellner) has announced its initial repertoire for the 2012 – 2013 season. Notable works planned for this season include The Great Salvation War (James Curnow), Intrada on Monkland (Stephen Bulla), The King’s Minstrel (Ray Steadman-Allen) and The Last Amen (Peter Graham).

The band is blessed to have several fine soloists. Principal trombone Kevin Downing, now in his junior year as a trombone performance major at the University of Maryland, will be playing a Salvation Army classic, A Never-Failing Friend (Erik Leidz√©n). Representing a more modern style, the euphonium solo Lyric Variations (Ray Steadman-Allen) will be played by principal euphonium Joel Collier, who is also a student, currently studying for a master’s degree in euphonium performance at James Madison University. Bandmaster Kellner selects a devotional item to be the centerpiece of worship services conducted by the band throughout the season. Past selections have included Just As I Am (Wilfred Heaton), Serenity (Eric Ball) and The Light of the World (Dean Goffin). This season’s centerpiece is James Curnow’s selection Guardian of Our Way. Other items new to the NCB repertoire for this season include A Fanfare of Praise (Robert Redhead), Hillcrest (Bruce Broughton), Peace Like a River (Stephen Bulla), This I Know (William Himes) and Worship the King! (Paul Kellner).

The full repertoire can be found here..

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