The National Capital Band (Bandmaster Dr. Steve Kellner) was privileged to support a Soldiers Rally sponsored by the National Capital Area Command. The rally was held at the Montgomery County (Maryland) Corps on Sunday, 30 September 2018. Special guests for the evening were the comedy duo Bean and Bailey.
Bradley Bean and Jackson Bailey have been performing as Bean and Bailey since 1999. They have been frequent contributors to Salvation Army events over the years.
Bean and Bailey’s mission is to bring clean, wholesome humor to audiences across America. According to Bean, “Laughter has the power to bring unity to groups of people, as well as healing to individuals who are hurting. It is such a blessing to us when we see this happen at our comedy show.” Bailey states, “I may not be the sharpest spoon in the drawer, but I do know the Bible is true when it says that ‘laughter is a good medicine’.”
The band began the rally with some preliminary music, including Motondo (Donald Osgood), 10,000 Reasons (arr. Steve Kellner), and Greater Things (also known as Tampa 125) (Steve Kellner). After words of welcome from Montgomery County corps officer Lieutenant Carmen Owens and opening remarks by Area Commander Major James Hall, Major NaKisha Carr, corps officer at the Solomon G. Brown Corps, led the congregation in “Stand Up and Bless the Lord”, accompanied by the band.
A collection was then taken, during which the band presented their feature item for the evening, Alan Fernie’s arrangement of Onward, Christian Soldiers. Then Major Hall introduced the special guests for the evening, Bean and Bailey. The comedy set was entertaining and uplifting, including among other things some light-hearted takes on the Salvation Army slogan “Doing the Most Good” and several “roasts” of Major Hall.
The rally ended with another congregational song, “Power in the Blood”, led by Corps Sergeant-Major John Reeves of Alexandria Citadel Corps. Captain Alvaro Porras, corps officer of Arlington Corps, gave a benediction. The band topped off the night with the rousing march Camp Happyland (James Anderson) as a postlude.