Divisional band plays at community event

Sierra del Mar Divisional Band performs in annual music festival.


The Sierra del Mar Divisional Band—led by Divisional Music Director Stephen Yalden—took part in the Southern California Community Band Festival on May 15 in Poway, Calif., for the second year running.

The weekend event featured 16 area groups. The Sierra del Mar Divisional Band was the only Salvation Army band invited.

The band began their 45-minute concert with the march, “Manhattan,” followed by “Music-Maker,” “Hine e Hine,” “El Es el Senor” and “Crimond.” The timbrelists then performed to the march, “God’s Children.”

Captain Ken Perine, Sierra del Mar divisional secretary, addressed the crowd, giving historical information on The Salvation Army, including open-air meetings and how music and timbrels were used to attract the attention of passersby so they could hear the gospel message. He explained that even the bass drum was used as a mercy seat to lead people to Christ.

The music continued with the Army classic, “Sound Out the Proclamation,” and concluded with “Dance like David.”

Before the festival was over, Yalden received an invitation for the group to play next year.


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