We are grateful for the planning committee who has prayerfully and tirelessly worked toward this event and we hope you will make every effort to join us for the festivities. The sheer magnitude of bringing that many bands together for such a celebration can be overwhelming at times and even lead one to ponder the purpose of such anniversaries. Is it just because we feel obligated to hold these events as they come up on the calendar? Is it because of the precedent of tradition set in place by similar events in 1994, 2011 and 2016? Do we hold these events to promote Salvation Army Banding and encourage membership in our fraternity? It is possible that all of these things factor in as ancillary contributors to the bigger picture, but none of these things matter in the grand scope of our intent to honour God in all that He has accomplished through our ministry.
Events such as the CSB 50 not only mark important milestones, but also acknowledge that God Himself is the inventor of tradition and wants people to remember His good works done through us. He wants us to remember our vows to Him and recall the victories He has given us along the way. He wants us to pause, look at the pictures, to laugh about the stories that are so much a part of our ministry and to reminisce about our alumni in recognition of all they did to bring the present band to this juncture. He wants us to honour Him for saving us from destruction into everlasting life and to rededicate ourselves to proclaiming that good news through our gifts in music making. That sense of rededication will certainly be a centerpiece of the weekend’s events.
And so, with all the plans coming to fruition, new music written, rehearsals underway and programs about to be printed, we invite you to join us for this special time together. Because above all, we feel this celebration should be used to once again share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the world and allow it to help us see this anniversary through the lens of what God has done, and continues to do, in each and every one of our lives.
See you there!
John Lam Bandmaster