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NYSB Visits Canada

November 17-19, 2018

The New York Staff Band’s most recent ministry weekend was spent in Canada, with stops in London, Oshawa, and Toronto. This was the first visit back to Canada since March 2011 when the NYSB were the guest band at the Canadian Staff Band’s (CSB) 42nd Anniversary Festival in Toronto.

The first engagement of the weekend was at the London Citadel Corps where we were hosted to a wonderful meal and played to a full enthusiastic crowd. This was the NYSB’s very first visit to London Citadel, a corps with such a rich Army heritage that is still thriving today.

Friday November 17 Program at London Citadel
Living Power (Tom Davoren)
Semper Fidelis (Martin Cordner)
Welcome & Prayer
Flashback (Brian Bowen) (Soloist Brindley Venables)
Pie Jesu (arr. Dorothy Gates) (Soloist Chris Ward)
Life of Worship (Andrew Wainwright)
Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus (Jonathan Rowsell)
Wake up the Saint (Martin Cordner)
On We March (Kevin Larsson) w / London Citadel Timbrels
Neath Dublin Skies (Paul Lovatt-Cooper)
Congregational Song – All Hail the Power
Thy Matchless King (Joel Collier)
Band Chorus – Jesus Paid it all
Endless Power (Marcus Venables)
The Canadian (James Merritt)
Rock of Ages

On Saturday morning, we met up with the CSB, London Citadel Timbrels and other musicians / timbrelists from around the Ontario Central East division at the Toronto Korean Corps to prepare for the Santa Claus Parade the following day. This was a good time of practice and fellowship (and coffee!).

We then headed to the Oshawa Temple Corps for a sound check and massed band rehearsal with the CSB in preparation for the Fall Festival. After another amazing meal (roast beef) and a little time to relax, it was time to partner with the CSB for the Fall Festival. It was clear that both bands were having fun even before sharing the platform. Once again, it was a capacity crowd full of band enthusiasts expecting a good old fashioned Army band concert. At one point in the concert, there was a word of gratitude (and standing ovation) for Ted Marshall, who was the recording engineer for SA groups around the world for many years and holds a special relationship in particular with the NYSB and CSB. We were privileged to take part in the Fall Festival with the CSB. It is always wonderful to be around fellow Salvationist musicians so that we can encourage each other, and share in our goal of music ministry.

Saturday November 18 Fall Festival Program at Oshawa Temple with CSB
CSB – Celebrate and Sing (Martin Cordner)
CSB – Fight Through (M. Cooper)
NYSB – Living Power (Tom Davoren)
NYSB – The Canadian (James Merritt)
Welcome & Prayer
NYSB – Semper Fidelis (Martin Cordner)
NYSB – Cornet Duet: Streamlined (Marcus Venables) (Soloists Brindley and Marcus Venables)
CSB – Inclusion (Paul Sharman)
NYSB – Thy Matchless King (Joel Collier)
NYSB – Wake up the Saint (Martin Cordner)
CSB – Christ of Calvary (Joel Collier)
CSB – Hope (Kevin Larsson)
NYSB – Endless Power (Marcus Venables)
Massed Bands
On We March (Kevin Larsson)
War Cry (Dorothy Gates)
Reflections in Nature (Robert Redhead)
Renaissance (Peter Graham)
Rock of Ages

On Sunday morning, the NYSB led worship at the Bloor Central Corps (downtown Toronto) before the parade. After lunch, we all walked to the start of the parade route and prepared to endure the next 3.5 miles of marching. This was another first for the NYSB participating in the Santa Claus parade – thankfully everyone made it to the end in one piece.

Sunday November 19 Morning Worship at Bloor Central Corps
Preliminary Music
Reflections in Nature (Robert Redhead) FS 452
And my soul overflows (David Chaulk)
In Christ Alone (Richard Phillips)

Call to Worship
Derek Lance Psalm 46

Congregational Song
Be still for the presence of the Lord (3 Verses) HC 49

Lt. Colonel James LaBossiere

Time of Worship – Andrew Boynton
How Great Thou Art
Even So Come

Beside the Sea (Mackereth)

Brindley Venables

Christ of Calvary (Collier)

Lt Colonel James LaBossiere

Congregational Song
In Christ Alone HC 149


Beaumont (Dickens) GS 1

The next ministry weekend is December 9-10 – Christmas concert at West Side Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood, NJ and Sunday morning worship at the Manhattan Adult Rehabilitation Center. Be sure to follow us on twitter and facebook to get all the latest news updates.