Last September, the band decided to lead a worship service in the local church as a way to celebrate our birthday. In September of 2013, the band was born (see video on the video page). Last year's anniversary service was a big celebration with special music and a 'first-time' preacher from among the band members.
This year, coming out of Covid-19, the program was smaller. We were able to play music to accompany worship, and two band members prepared a special Bible reading. This year another young band member brought the message. It was well-prepared, well-presented and well-received. The young man is a pastor's kid, so that helps.
Young players are key to the band these days. Several of our older (20's) players are busy with life and exams nowadays. Our newer younger players are holding down the parts just fine. They are indeed stronger and more independent than their older counterparts, but less experienced.
The brass band recognizes that our mission is not our own. We are blessed with equipment. We are blessed with talent. We are blessed with songs, musicians to play them, and people who choose to listen to us. It's a blessing to play the songs of salvation....for a service, a concert, a parade, or anywhere that anyone might invite us. "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever."
Missionary in Haiti.