The New York Staff Band’s dynamic program of six representative concert works in the period 1950 – 2010 demonstrates a major tension present in Salvation Army band literature: the desire to proclaim a clear and simple gospel message through accessible songs versus the increasingly sophisticated symphonic scale works designed to challenge the experienced listener on multiple levels. The pieces on this disc succeed on both levels and have been joined together under a noble theme: music that projects hope; and music that expresses the highest aspirations of the Christian heart, thanksgiving and praise.