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Laudes Domini (1997)

Laudes Domini (1997)

Laudes Domini (1997)

In addition to the National Capital Band, under the direction of Bandmaster Stephen Bulla, this recording features the National Capital Singers, a vocal group under the direction of Cyndi Court.

Tracks

1 Prelude on “Eine Feste Burg” (Robert Redhead)
2 Washington Salute 125 (Stephen Bulla)
3 Interlude
4 In the First Light (Bob Kauflin, arr. Dennis Allen) National Capital Singers
5 Prelude on “Laudes Domini” (Douglas Court)
6 Love Divine (John Stainer, arr. Jan de Haan)
7 Festival of Lights (Stephen Bulla)
8 Lift Up the Banner (Erik Silfverberg)
9 Interlude
10 Plenty Good Room (Kirby Shaw) National Capital Singers
11 The Sound of the Gospel (Robert Redhead)
12 Crimond (Peter Graham)
13 Richmond (Erik Leidzén)
14 Interlude
15 Let Us Go in Peace (John Rutter) National Capital Singers
16 A Pilgrim Song (Thomas Rive)
17 Stateside (Peter Graham)

Christmas Presence (1992)

Christmas Presence (1992)

Christmas Presence (1992)

In 1891 the Salvation Army in San Francisco introduced a new idea — a red kettle to raise funds for needy families at Christmas. This highly visible strategy caught on and spread successfully throughout the country, becoming a familiar sign of the season to every Christmas shopper.

To mark the occasion of the Red Kettle Centennial, First Lady Barbara Bush agreed to become honorary Christmas chairperson and officially inaugurate the 1991 centennial year of kettle work. Her presence at the official National Kettle Kick-Off in Washington, DC was accompanied by the National Capital Band, which premiered the specially commisssioned Christmas march, The Bells of Christmas, featured on this recording.

Tracks

1 Christmas Presence Sound Montage
2 The Proclamation of Christmas (Stephen Bulla)
  The Festive Season (Morley Calvert)
3       I. Christ was born on Christmas Day
4       II. The Holly and the Ivy
5       III. Good King Wenceslas
6 How Far to Bethlehem? (Stephen Bulla)
7 A Carol Medley – from Noel (Donald Osgood)
8 Christmas Comes But Once a Year (Brian Bowen)
9 Lo, How a Rose E’re Blooming (Stephen Bulla)
10 March on a Traditional French Air (Philip Ditmer)
11 Coventry Carol (Robert C. Schramm)
12 O Holy Night (Stephen Bulla) Noel Morris, soprano cornet soloist
  Two Canadian Christmas Carols (Morley Calvert)
13       I. Jesous Ahatonia (Huron Indian)
14       II. Il Est Né (French Canadian)
15 Midwinter (Stephen Bulla)
16 Silent Night (Erik Leidzén) Major William Crabson, narrator
17 Crusaders (Dean Goffin)
18 Introductory Comments First Lady Barbara Bush
19 The Bells of Christmas (Stephen Bulla)

Monuments (1990)

Monuments of Brass Band Literature (1990)

Monuments of Brass Band Literature (1990)

Tracks

  Suite for Brass – Three Hymns (Stephen Bulla)
1       I. O Worship the King
2       II. Amazing Grace
3       III. How Firm a Foundation
4 The Old Wells (Eric Ball)
5 Variants on St. Francis (David Chaulk) David Church, euphonium soloist
6 The Cross (Erik Leidzén)
  The Pilgrim Way (Eric Ball)
7       I. The Pilgrim Song
8       II. Invocation
9       III. Joy of Heart
  The Holberg Suite (Edvard Grieg)
10       Praeludium (trans. Steve Kellner)
11       Sarabande (trans. Robert C. Schramm)
12       Gavotte/Musette (trans. Robert C. Schramm)
13       Rigadoun (trans. Eric Alexander)
14 From Every Stormy Wind (Brian Hogg)
15 Victorious (Dean Goffin) Lars-Otto Ljungholm, cornet soloist
16 My Strength, My Tower (Dean Goffin)
17 In the King’s Service (Erik Leidzén)

On Tour (1989)

On Tour (1989)

On Tour (1989)

Commemorative recording for the National Capital Band’s tour of New Zealand and Australia in 1989. This three-week tour was the first extended international travel by the band since 1974.

All tracks conducted by Bandmaster Stephen Bulla, except track 7 conducted by Deputy Bandmaster Robert C. Schramm. Recorded in the Alexandria Citadel (Virginia) Corps hall, 3 – 4 March 1989.

  • Cover Design: Phil Ovuka
  • Engineer: Ted Marshall
  • Photo Layout: David Church
  • Program Notes: Stephen Bulla

Tracks

1 National Fanfare (James Curnow) 2:06
2 The Salvationist (Erik Silfverberg) 3:32
3 Introduction and Allegro Spiritoso (Senaille, arr. Robert C. Schramm & William Himes) Eric Alexander, trombone soloist 3:38
4 Infinite Grace (Paul Kellner) 2:52
5 Heavenbound – Movement II (Stephen Bulla) Robert Goodier, cornet soloist 3:41
6 Rhapsody on St. Denio (James Cheyne) 4:24
7 Handel in the Strand (Percy Grainger, arr. Robert C. Schramm) Stephen Bulla, piano soloist 4:16
8 My Shepherd (Brenton Broadstock) Trombone Feature 3:56
  Crowns of the Spirit (Stephen Bulla)
9       I. Crown of Faith 2:47
10       II. Crown of Thorns 4:44
11       III. Crown of Victory 4:08
12 Jubilation (Terry Camsey) 2:26

Songs from the States (1988)

Conducted by Stephen Bulla.

Tracks

1 The Southern Spirit (James Curnow) 3:22
2 Lord of the Dance (Ray Steadman-Allen) 2:06
3 Call of the Seasons (Philip Catelinet) Steve Kellner, euphonium soloist 9:56
4 The Lord’s Prayer (Malotte, arr. William Gordon) 2:53
5 Praise God in His Temple (Brian Hogg) 5:41
6 Dalarö (Edward Gregson) 2:55
7 March Fantasia (Eric Alexander) 8:18
8 To Win the World – Double Trio (Stephen Bulla) Robert Goodier, Ken Luyk, Campbell Robinson – cornets
Eric Alexander, Patrick Morris, Howard Hastings – trombones
5:05
9 Filled by the Spirit (James Curnow) 3:40
  Songs from the States (James Curnow)
10       Jimmy Crack Corn 3:17
11       Erie Canal 2:59
12       Aura Lee 4:13
13       Bound for the Promised Land 4:34

Premier Brass (1987)

Premier Brass (1987)

Premier Brass (1987)

The first recording made by the National Capital Band under the baton of Bandmaster Stephen Bulla. Produced on cassette only.

Tracks

A 1 Fanfare Prelude on “A Mighty Fortress” (Eric Alexander)  
A 2 Victory for Me (Wilfred Heaton)  
A 3 Spirit of Freedom (William Himes)  
A 4 Thine Alone (James Curnow) Horn Feature
A 5 Crossroad (Stephen Bulla) Robert Goodier, cornet soloist
A 6 Constant Companion (Lloyd Reslow)  
B 1 Hillcrest (Bruce Broughton)  
B 2 Concertino for Band and Trombone (Erik Leidzén) Eric Alexander, trombone soloist
B 3 Amidst His Love (Stephen Bulla)  
B 4 Themes from the Fifth Symphony (Franz Schubert, arr. Brian Bowen)  
B 5 Postlude Pastorale (Robert C. Schramm)  

Golden Daybreak (1978)

Cover of Golden Daybreak (1978)

Golden Daybreak (1978)

The first recording released by the band (then known as the National Capital Area Band), conducted by A. Campbell Robinson. LP only, recorded in 1978 at the Prince George’s Corps in Maryland. As has become a tradition with the band’s recordings, the album featured a number of previously unrecorded or under-recorded items. Seven of the ten items are by composers who were members of the band, and only four of the ten items had previously been published.

An interesting fact about this recording is that the company that pressed the discs applied the labels to the wrong sides, so that the side labeled Side One is actually Side Two.

Tracks

1 Camp Ladore (Ivor Bosanko)   2:31
2 At the Foot of the Cross (Robert C. Schramm)   6:14
3 His Matchless Love (Robert C. Schramm)   7:52
4 Emmaus (Robert C. Schramm)   2:12
5 He Lives! (Paul Kellner)   2:29
6 Golden Daybreak (Paul Kellner)   2:31
7 Lord, With My All I Part (Robert C. Schramm) Robert Goodier, cornet soloist 3:27
8 On the Road (Howard Davies)   8:11
9 Gwenith Gwyn (Robert C. Schramm) Robert C. Schramm, euphonium soloist 3:24
10 Spirit of Praise (George Marshall)   3:20

Winston-Salem Ministry Weekend (Part 3 of 3)

This is the third of a series of three articles on the National Capital Band’s ministry weekend in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The National Capital Band (Bandmaster Dr. Steve Kellner) traveled to the Triad area of North Carolina for a ministry weekend, 8 – 10 November 2013. The band participated in the kettle kick-off for the Winston-Salem Area Command, performed two concerts at area churches, held a youth clinic with students from the Salvation Army’s Academy of Music and Arts, and supported a Sunday morning worship service where all three of the area corps joined together.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

United Holiness Meeting

On Sunday morning, the band returned to the Ken Carlson Boys and Girls Club, where a united Holiness Meeting, with all three of the area corps combined, was held in the gymnasium. The band played a preliminary set, including Colne (Thomas Rive), Laudes Domini (arr. Eric Ball), In Perfect Peace (Kenneth Downie), Lobe den Herren (arr. Eric Ball) and Praise Him! (Stephen Bulla).

After a welcome from Major James Allison, area commander, the flags of the three corps were brought into the hall as Joel Collier sang They Shall Come from the East accompanied by the band. The song was chosen because of the diverse nature of the corps in the command, with services being conducted in English (Washington Park), Spanish (International) and Korean (Kernersville).

Contributions from the National Capital Band included All Hail the Power (arr. Himes) and In Christ Alone (both as congregational song accompaniments) Are You Joyful? (Dudley Bright), The Call (Erik Leidzén) and Here at the Cross (James Curnow). The Kernersville Songsters sang Sing to the King.

Major Andrew Kelly, executive officer of the National Capital Band, gave the message of the morning. The meeting ended in grand style, with the NCB and the congregation joining in O Boundless Salvation, using William Himes’ stirring arrangement with a special tag (provided by Bandmaster Kellner) at the end leading into “Heavenly Gales” and concluding with “Praise God, I’m Saved”.

Following the benediction, the band closed their time in Winston-Salem with a postlude, the march Keep Singing (P. C. Rivers).

The National Capital Band would like to thank several players who joined us for all or part of the weekend, including Charlie Fisher (trombone), Chip Seiler (cornet), Jamie Hood (cornet) and Eugene Fitzgerald (horn). The band was especially delighted to be joined by former NCB member Captain Mike Harris (tuba) on Friday and Saturday. Captain Harris was a member of the band for a number of years both before and after attending the School for Officers’ Training in Atlanta, and is now, with his wife, commanding the Army’s work in the Hickory, North Carolina, area.

Winston-Salem Ministry Weekend (Part 2 of 3)

This is the second of a series of three articles on the National Capital Band’s ministry weekend in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The National Capital Band (Bandmaster Dr. Steve Kellner) traveled to the Triad area of North Carolina for a ministry weekend, 8 – 10 November 2013. The band participated in the kettle kick-off for the Winston-Salem Area Command, performed two concerts at area churches, held a youth clinic with students from the Salvation Army’s Academy of Music and Arts, and supported a Sunday morning worship service where all three of the area corps joined together.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Music Clinics and Demonstration Concert

On Saturday morning, the band traveled to the Ken Carlson Boys and Girls Club for a day of music clinics from the Academy of Music and Arts. The Academy is an intensive after-school program for young people (ages 8 – 18) wishing to develop their musical talent. Over 40 students were present for the clinics.

The clinics began with all of the participants gathered in the gymnasium for Dr. Kellner’s “breathing and buzzing” clinic. Following this, the group was split into several classes, by instrument and skill level, with one or two members of the National Capital Band assigned to each class. These individual sessions lasted for an hour, after which the clinics broke for lunch.

Trombone class during music clinics in Winston-Salem

Trombone class instructed by Major Andrew Kelly (far left) and Kevin Downing (far right)

After lunch, the three bands from the Academy (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced) were given time to rehearse in preparation for an afternoon demonstration concert with all three groups and the National Capital Band. The concert opened with the NCB playing Praise Him! (Stephen Bulla). The Beginner Band, conducted by Court Wynter was up next, presenting the hymn tune “Boston”.

While the Beginner Band took their seats in the audience and the Intermediate Band, conducted by David Zuniga, came into the band formation, the NCB played Keep Singing (P. C. Rivers). After the Intermediate Band’s selection had concluded, the concert continued with Soli Deo Gloria (William Himes), again played by the NCB.

The Advanced Band, under the direction of Steve Sutton, was up next. Remarkably, every player in the band is a student in the Academy of Music and Arts – there are no adult “ringers”, with the exception of the soprano cornet. Their first item was the march Brazil 75 (Leonard Ballantine). This was followed by the NCB’s principal euphonium, Joel Collier, who presented the last movement of Spiritual Fantasy (Douglas Court), “Joshua Fit the Battle”, accompanied by the NCB.

The highlight of the concert was the Advanced Band’s presentation of one of the classics of Salvation Army brass band literature, Brian Bowen’s meditation on Psalm 23, My Comfort and Strength. This is a challenging work even for experienced bands, and, although the performance was perhaps not as polished as one by a staff band, it was remarkable for its musicality, poise and impact on the audience.

The afternoon concert concluded with two items where the students combined with the National Capital Band. First, the members of the Advanced Band joined in Christmas Joy (as had been done during the previous night’s concert). Then, all of the students were featured in William Himes’ Classics in Brass.

First Annual Jack Sutton, Jr. Music Festival

After the conclusion of the music clinics, the National Capital Band made the short trip to the First Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem, the venue for the evening concert. This concert was named for Jack Sutton, Jr., a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board from 2001 – 2010, who passed away on 27 November 2011. Sutton was a deacon at First Presbyterian. It is intended that this festival become an annual event featuring a Salvation Army brass band.

After setting up in the theatre-style sanctuary, the band had some relaxation time at the church. They were then treated to a catered dinner, generously provided by the Sutton family.

The program for the concert was the same as for the Friday night concert, except that The Call was replaced by In Perfect Peace (Kenneth Downie). As on Friday night, the Advanced Band from the Academy of Music and Arts played in the foyer before the concert. The drum line, under the direction of C. J. Powell (who is a member of the drum line staff at Winston-Salem University), “played in” the National Capital Band as they took the stage.

Major James Allison, area commander, made a special presentation to the Sutton family at the opening of the concert, acknowledging Jack Sutton, Jr.’s service to the Salvation Army and to the community at large. On stage for the presentation were Betty Sutton (his wife), Betsy Hoppe (his daughter), Jack Sutton III (his son) and Peter Sanderson (his first cousin).

Also featured during the concert was the Singing Company from the Kernersville (Korean) Corps. This singing company was the winner of the divisional singing company competition this past spring and represented the North and South Carolina Division at the territorial singing competition in June 2013.

Winston-Salem Ministry Weekend (Part 1 of 3)

This is the first of a series of three articles on the National Capital Band’s ministry weekend in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The National Capital Band (Bandmaster Dr. Steve Kellner) traveled to the Triad area of North Carolina for a ministry weekend, 8 – 10 November 2013. The band participated in the kettle kick-off for the Winston-Salem Area Command, performed two concerts at area churches, held a youth clinic with students from the Salvation Army’s Academy of Music and Arts, and supported a Sunday morning worship service where all three of the area corps joined together.

Friday, 8 November 2013

The weekend began early on Friday morning, with the majority of the band members meeting at 6:30am at the Fairfax Corps to meet the coach. Following stops to pick up more members in Fredericksburg and Richmond, the band arrived at the hotel in Winston-Salem just after 1:00pm. Major James Allison, area commander for Winston-Salem, and several other officers of the command were on hand to greet the band and had box lunches ready to go.

After a quick lunch, the members of the band changed into their uniforms and headed for the nearby Hanes Mall to participate in the Winston-Salem area Kettle Kick-off. The band formed up in the parking lot and marched down the outside of the mall from one end to the other, accompanied by officers from the corps in the area, with local news cameras rolling. After completing the short march, the band divided into six ensembles, each supporting a kettle placed at one of the mall entrances. After playing at the kettles for about an hour, the band returned to the coach and left for Central Triad Church, the venue for the evening concert.

The band had an easy time setting up on the stage at the church. Following a sound check, the church provided an excellent meal before the evening concert. As the audience came into the hall before the festival, the Advanced Band from the Winston-Salem Salvation Army’s Academy of Music provided music in the foyer of the church. Another of the performing groups from the Academy is a drum line, who commenced the concert with an item and then “marched in” the National Capital Band as they took the stage.

The band’s first item was Praise Him! (Stephen Bulla), followed immediately by Joyful, Joyful (Steve Kellner) with the audience joining in song. Major James Allison, area commander for Winston-Salem, gave a welcome and introductions. In his previous appointment as General Secretary for the National Capital and Virginia Division, Major Allison served as the Executive Officer for the National Capital Band for six seasons. His first act in his new appointment was to invite the band for this ministry weekend. The program continued with Dudley Bright’s lively arrangement Are You Joyful?

The band’s only soloist of the evening was principal euphonium Joel Collier, who played Spiritual Fantasy (Douglas Court). Originally written for Bandmaster Kellner, the solo features three movements based on African-American spirituals, including “I’ve Got a Robe”, “Balm in Gilead” and “Joshua Fit the Battle”. The virtuoso performance by the soloist led to extended applause from the appreciative audience.

One of the major events at Central Triad Church during the year is the live presentation of a drama entitled The Lost Shepherd. This 2-hour drama is staged during the Easter season (seven performances in 2013) and a portion of the proceeds are donated to the Salvation Army. Pastor Leroy Kelly presented Major Allison with $1500 during the concert. In addition, a free-will offering was taken with all monies received going to the Salvation Army. During the collection of the offering, the band played Keep Singing, ending the first half of the concert.

Following an intermission, the band started off the second half with James Anderson’s modern classic march Goldcrest, followed by Soli Deo Gloria (William Himes). In recognition of the upcoming season, the next item was Christmas Joy (Erik Leidzén), with the Advanced Band coming up on the stage as the they joined the National Capital Band for the march.

Major Andrew Kelly, executive officer of the National Capital Band, gave a short devotional thought and introduced the next item. Originally written in 1923, The Call is one of Erik Leidzén’s most intense works. Built around the well-known tune associated with the words “Softly and tenderly, Jesus is calling”, the piece then asks the ultimate question, “What will your answer be?”.

The final item of the concert was another piece based on spirituals, Peter Graham’s Seize the Day. Following a benediction by Major Allison, the band sent the audience on their way with a postlude, The Risen Savior (Paul Kellner).

Central Triad Church was kind enough to produce a video recording of the entire concert. You can view excerpts from the video on the National Capital Band’s YouTube channel.

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