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DVD - ISB120...The Complete Works - Highlights of the ISB120 weekend - Amsterdam, Canadian, Chicago, German, The International, Japan, Melbourne and New York Staff Bands

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DVD - ISB120...The Complete Works - Highlights of the ISB120 weekend - Amsterdam, Canadian, Chicago, German, The International, Japan, Melbourne and New York Staff Bands
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The International Staff Band (ISB) has arguably, throughout the duration of its 120 year history, for Salvationists at least, attained something of an iconic status. Many of the principal players over the years have been regarded as Salvation Army banding greats, some even penetrating the wider banding and orchestral brass spheres with equal standing.

Perhaps then, it should have come as no surprise that events held in June 2011 to celebrate the 120th Anniversary of The International Staff Band created such impact in the consciousness of the Salvation Army as a whole, particularly in the United Kingdom. Of genuine surprise, though, was the impact created by celebrations on Sunday 5th June when the massed ranks of all officially recognised Salvation Army Staff Bands from around the world marched from Horse Guards Parade, down The Mall and through the gates of Buckingham Palace to perform a 'Royal concert' on the Palace forecourt. Police estimated that 15,000 people gathered to witness the scene and photographic evidence created the impression of scenes usually associated with a Royal wedding!

The 'masterplan' had been to create an event unique not only in the first ever gathering of all eight Salvation Army Staff Bands, but unique too in the staging and presentation of the event. The ISB anniversary became the conduit through which Salvation Army banding on a global scale would be celebrated. Two years of planning, thousands of man-hours of detailed work and allegedly at least 50,000 e-mails contributed to ensuring that every detail was covered, every 't' crossed, every 'i' dotted and no stone left unturned in the pursuit of perfection.

Events commenced as early as Wednesday 25th May when Melbourne Staff Band arrived to commence its UK tour. All eight bands were in concert within an 80 mile radius of central London on Friday 3rd June, with New York (NYSB) and the ISB joining together at Cadogan Hall, the first element of the celebrations to take place in the Capital. This provided a fitting prelude to an unforgettable weekend with a uniquely fraternal atmosphere. Amazingly this was only the second time in their long history that the ISB and NYSB had joined together for a concert.

The 'main event' took place at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 4th June. A truly unique event fell into two parts. Staff Bands in Concert, unashamedly based on the Brass in Concert format, saw each band present a 20 minute programme punctuated by video introductions and live 'on stage' interviews of bandmasters. Each band brought its own flavour to the occasion and excelled in performing on the historic Royal Albert Hall stage, this would have been a first-time experience for many of the performers. The evening Brass Spectacular certainly lived up to its billing. Tribute should be paid here to the outstanding choreography of this event;  250 instrumentalists assembled on stage with the ISB at the centre was a hugely impressive sight. 

Sleep was difficult to achieve that night as adrenalin still coursed through the veins of performers and audience alike. An historic moment in Salvation Army music making had been witnessed and we wanted it to go on forever. But a new day dawned and Sunday 5th June brought yet more highs, firstly in the intimate surroundings of Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, for worship led by the newly appointed world leader of The Salvation Army, General Linda Bond, making her first public UK appearance since assuming that daunting responsibility. 'Legacy' had been another theme of the organising team, and in allowing all eight Staff Bands to worship without duty that morning, the Territorial Youth Band of the United Kingdom Territory assumed the role of 'duty band'. How appropriate that the future of Salvation Army banding should also become part of its history.

The 'march down The Mall' followed and even the threat of rain (which materialised at the very end of the Palace forecourt concert) could not dampen the spirits of the crowds as the bands marched out of the forecourt, taking 'the salute' from The General. The bands concluded their 'once in a lifetime' weekend with a fellowship gathering back at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, as the crowds dispersed, knowing without doubt that they had been part of something very special. So many highlights, so many old acquaintances restored, many new friendships formed that will last a lifetime. Salvation Army banding had celebrated one of its proudest moments, the spirits of Salvationist musicians had been lifted, former members revelled in their memories and considered restoring their Army links, and those for whom a Salvation Army band was a new phenomenon were left in no doubt about the God whom these people served and worshipped through their music. Judged on any level and by any measure, this had been an outstanding weekend and a tribute to the vision, planning and hard work of those who had created it.

BONUS FEATURES; Audience reaction. Behind the scenes. 

Disc 1 of 2
1Psalm of ThanksPaul SharmanThe International Staff Band of The Salvation Army
2Fire in the BloodPaul Lovatt-CooperThe International Staff Band of The Salvation Army
3Melbourne Staff Band on tourMelbourne Staff Band
4InterviewKen Waterworth
5AtonementRoger TriggMelbourne Staff Band
6Now I Belong to JesusNorman John Clayton arr. William BroughtonRebecca Raymond (Vocal) with Melbourne Staff Band
7The Quiet HeartJune Collin arr. Olaf RitmanAmsterdam Staff Band
8Where Eagles SingPaul Lovatt-CooperAmsterdam Staff Band
9InterviewOlaf Ritman
10The Gathering Marcus VenablesCanadian Staff Band
11O Magnum MysteriumMorten Lauridsen arr. Leonard BallantineCanadian Staff Band
12InterviewJohn Lam
13Victory for MeWilfred HeatonChicago Staff Band
14InterviewWilliam Himes
15Symphony No. 3, 4th movementVittorio Giannini arr. William HimesChicago Staff Band
16StellaErik SilfverbergJapan Staff Band
17InterviewHajime Suzuki
18I Have Decided to Follow JesusWilliam HimesJapan Staff Band
19A Variation for Jubilee - Lobe den HerrenRuben A SchmidtGerman Staff Band
20InterviewHeinrich Schmidt
21Children of SanchezChuck Mangione arr. Reid GiljeAndrew Garcia (Flugel Horn) with New York Staff Band
22InterviewRonald Waiksnoris
23ExultateKenneth DownieNew York Staff Band
24Time to be HolyPaul SharmanThe International Staff Band of The Salvation Army
25Interview part 1Stephen Cobb
26TransformationKenneth DownieThe International Staff Band of The Salvation Army
27Interview part 2Stephen Cobb
28The Invincible ArmyErik LeidzénNew York Staff Band and The International Staff Band of The Salvation Army
29Ol' Man RiverJerome Kern arr. Mark FreehNew York Staff Band
30Soul-fullPaul SharmanRichard Woodrow (Flugel Horn) with The International Staff Band of The Salvation Army
31Symphony of ThanksgivingDean GoffinNew York Staff Band and The International Staff Band of The Salvation Army
32MotondoNew York Staff Band and The International Staff Band of The Salvation Army
Disc 2 of 2
1Praise Him!Stephen BullaThe International Staff Band of The Salvation Army
2Emblem of the ArmyArthur GullidgeThe International Staff Band of The Salvation Army
3King of HeavenKenneth DownieThe International Staff Band of The Salvation Army
4Jesus Loves MeRay BowesThe International Staff Songsters of The Salvation Army
5Scottish Folk VariantsStephen BullaDerick Kane (Euphonium) with The International Staff Band of The Salvation Army
6Pursuing HorizonsDudley BrightAmsterdam, Canadian, Chicago, German, The International, Japan, Melbourne and New York Staff Bands
7Congregational Song - Stand Up and Bless the Lordarr. William HimesCongregation with Amsterdam, Canadian, Chicago, German, The International, Japan, Melbourne and New York Staff Bands
8March down The MallAmsterdam, Canadian, Chicago, German, The International, Japan, Melbourne and New York Staff Bands
9Buckingham Palace forecourt concertAmsterdam, Canadian, Chicago, German, The International, Japan, Melbourne and New York Staff Bands
10Methodist Central HallTerritorial Youth Band and The International Staff Songsters of The Salvation Army
11InterviewGeneral Linda Bond
12The Call of the Righteous Leslie CondonAmsterdam, Canadian, Chicago, German, The International, Japan, Melbourne and New York Staff Bands
13CelebrationLeslie CondonAmsterdam, Canadian, Chicago, German, The International, Japan, Melbourne and New York Staff Bands






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