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 Fanfare of Praise

2006 Territorial Music Institute and Music Conservatories

TMI facilitates musical and spiritual depth

Story and photos by Laura Williamson

"Senora... 1, 2, 3 e-and-ah 4... Do I sound flat?... Do, Re, Mi..." These were the sounds heard upon arrival at Camp Heart O'Hills for the 66th Southern Territorial Music Institute. From July 22-31, 239 delegates and staff members, including nine international delegates and two delegates from the USA Eastern Territory, came to worship God and sharpen their music skills under the direction of Dr. Richard Holz.

Special guests were Colonels Robert and Gwenyth Redhead.Robert Redhead composed the theme song, "A Fanfare of Praise," which features the hymn tune "Fairest Lord Jesus," and its captivating performance by the SouthernTerritorial Band kicked off the week.

Besides the theme song, another meaningful song throughout the week was a Redhead family favorite, "One Life to Live." Composed by Robert Redhead, the song has memorialized special family milestones such as children's weddings and the births of grandchildren. About the song, Redhead said, "It was the ‘voiced' expression of the experience of a deepening relationship between those present and our Lord."

That deepening relationship with the Lord was one of many things that delegates learned from the Redheads at TMI. More learning took place under the Sunday morning tutelage of the territorial leaders, Commissioners Max and Lennie Feener.

The preview of bands included several noteworthy divisional performances. The Kimball Band stepped it up and played a grade II piece named "Royal Banner," the Cox Chorus sang "O Be Joyful in The Lord" and the Longino Band played "God With Us."

One of the week's highlights was a special concert featuring critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter Sara Groves.

The worship team set the tone for the Gospel Arts finale, produced by Jude Gotrich, while the drama majors performed a choreodrama titled "The Door" and the vocal majors sang "Jesus is the Song." Other performances included timbrels, drama elective, percussion elective, sacred dance and an international delegate, Nicholas Chagas, who performed "En Tu Presencia," which is Spanish for "In Your Presence." The finale ended with a standing ovation for the jazz ensemble's performance.

While three-fourths of each day at TMI was spent practicing, there was still time left for morning devotions - led by Majors Allan and Fiona Hofer - a staff vs. delegates softball game, a picnic, a basketball game, a volleyball competition and a soccer game.

The festival that concluded this year's TMI featured the Longino Band playing "Winchester Revival" and "Glorifico Aeternum," the Kellner Chorus singing "We Sing Praises to Thee," the Ward Band playing "Moses" and the Hall Band playing "Lord, Reign in Me." The TMI chorus sang "Praise the Lord," and the TMI Band brought the house down with their rendition of "Pastoral Symphony."

This year's TMI gave delegates a chance to refine their skills, cement long-lasting friendships and worship God through music. "One of the lasting results," said Robert Redhead, "will be the commitments that were made and the depth of fellowship that developed, which will now help us to keep our focus clear in our ministry wherever God has placed us."

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