By Victor Pinzon –
“We are anxious to show the public that music is more than a hobby, or something we do at Christmas to attract attention to our Christmas kettles,” says Sierra Del Mar Divisional Commander Lt. Colonel Raymond Peacock, who feels that a strong music program can help win a whole new generation of souls.
As a former music educator in the public school system, Bandmaster Charlie Hansen appreciates the positive impact music can have on a child.
The Sierra Del Mar Division’s recently completed Music Day attracted enthusiastic participation from every corps in the division, confirming Peacock’s resolve that this comparatively new division will find new and better ways to share a great music legacy with future generations.
“Our Music Day brought 17 corps together and 237 Salvationists under one roof to focus on improving our ministry through music. It was inspiring to see the children perform so well in the various training sessions and interact with mentors who are dedicated to both their spiritual and musical growth,” said Peacock.
Peacock’s 23-year old son, Cory, shares in his dad’s commitment to shape an effective music program for the Sierra Del Mar Division. A major challenge for the young Salvationist was to organize and make the Music Day a reality.
Adding prestige and professional expertise to the agenda was the National Capital Brass from Washington, D.C. under the direction of Steve Bulla. Cathy Hayes, music specialist of the Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division, shared her considerable talents as a musician, choral director, and vocalist.