Brass banding is one of The Salvation Army’s most iconic and beloved ministries. But like so many things, it faced significant challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. For two years, many of us missed on out banding as groups were forced to stop meeting in person. What kind of future does banding have, now that we can rehearse and perform again? 

We asked Matt Barby for his thoughts on these questions and more. Matt a senior soldier at London Citadel, a high school music teacher, and bandmaster of Impact Brass, a regional youth band in southwestern Ontario. 

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On Monday, October 31, 2022, Ron Millar said:

Thanks for this inspiring and instructional presentation. The interface between striving for musical excellence and exercising evangelical and spiritual passion is a great inspiration, and emphasis on the followship aspect is such an important point. Your personal reference to learning the drum and then cornet at the age of 6 is a real encouragement to those of us who continue to work in the beginner's band programs at our corps. Keep up the great work.

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