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Music has been an important part of religious life in The Salvation Army. Throughout its history, music has symbolized the cheerful religion of Salvationists, providing both the expression of a joyous faith and a form of recreation. Many officers and soldiers play musical instruments and participate in informal musical sessions.

Bands and songster brigades (choirs) are recognized for their achievements and often are called upon to participate in community activities. Famous conductors and composers have commended Salvation Army bands for their musical excellence. The list includes John Philip Sousa, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Edwin Franko Goldman, Erik Leidzen, Meredith Willson, Dr. Rudolph Ringwalk and others. Many prominent musicians throughout the world have received their music training in The Salvation Army.

 Senior Band Locally at the Leesburg Corps, music is a big part of the worship service. Several times a year the band also performs for the general public. Christmas is a big time for band music and the Salvation Army band plays at the Leesburg Farmers Market as well as the Christmas Parade. They play for other events throughout the year. 

Band plays at Leesburg
Farmers Market at Christmas

In addition to the Band, Songsters perform special music throughout the year for the public. The Christmas Cantata is just one such concert.  Songsters Cantata

 The Songsters at the
2010 Christmas Cantata

 Youth Band For some of the youth that attend the Sunday services, music isn't just something to listen to. They really get into it! Major Hickey, the band director, has been teaching children to play brass band instruments for many years. The Salvation Army supplies the children with the instruments to play. In the summer they can have additional training at the Music Camps at Camp Keystone.
The Salvation Army Youth Band  


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