Chicago Staff Band


Tovey leads Chicago Staff Band
11 April 2017
Metropolitan and Territorial Music & Gospel Arts departments hosted an open rehearsal with the CSB led by Grammy award-winning conductor Bramwell Tovey.
CSB Releases New Album - Reformation!
07 April 2017
The Chicago Staff Band's most recent album, Reformation, is a veritable feast of music! Read more here....
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Our Schedule

January 13-15
Worship Arts Retreat (THQ)
February 11-12
Metro Music Day
March 25-26
Indianapolis, IN
April 22-23
Quincy, IL
May 20-21
Territorial Youth Band and Youth Chorus Retreat with ARC Alumni Retreat
June 9-11 

Commissioning and Commissioners Seiler's Retirement
(Hoffman Estates, IL - Sears Centre)

September 15-17
BBTC, CSB and TSC Retreat
October 14-15
Omaha, NE
November 11-12
For more information, call (847) 294-2133
November 25
Thanksgiving Concert - Special Guests: The Canadian Staff Songsters

Our Roster

Bandmaster:   Harold Burgmayer
Executive Officer:
Travel Coordinator:


Colonel Jeffrey Smith
Major Richard Herivel

Soprano Cornet:
Marc Smith

Solo Cornet
Beth Cooper
Peggy Thomas, Deputy Bandmaster
Ben Kinzie
Martyn Thomas, Quartermaster

First Cornet
Chuck Smith
Laura Aukes
Greg Hurula

Second Cornet:
Isaac Leka
Jessica Pascoe

Lynda Cooper

Solo Horn:
Josh Hellstrom
Jenny Herndon

First Horn:
Kenneth Romin, Graphic Artist
Alberto Rapley, Librarian

Second Horn
Morgan Marinelli

First Baritone:
Jeffrey Kim
Abraham Leka

Second Baritone:
Major Timothy Pascoe

First Trombone:
Brett Tolcher, Secretary
William Luhn, Sergeant

Second Trombone:
Sang Kim
Kelly McBride

Bass Trombone
David Yim

Josh Turner, Webmaster/Asst QM
Nathan Hellstrom

Eb Bass
Paul Bowyer
Joshua Bowyer
Karen Miller

Bb Bass
Jonathon Weller
Scott Thomas

Alan Stewart
Zac Smith
Zane Koehler, Social Media


Our History

The Chicago Staff Band is The Salvation Army's principal concert band of the midwest. Its innovative music and quality performances are the result of dedication and effort of its band members who volunteer their many hours of service without remuneration. 

Of the band's members, approximately one-third are laymen of various occupations and students and two-thirds are Salvation Army officers (ordained ministers) and employees, serving in various administrative and service-oriented positions within the Army's network of metropolitan Chicago facilities and programs. 

All of these individuals have at least three things in common: a love and desire to serve God, commitment to the membership and ministry of the Salvation Army, and musical talent that is willingly shared in groups such as the Chicago Staff Band.

What We Do

Much of our music is based on traditional hymns of the church. That is because we believe our music, as well as everything we do through the ministry of The Salvation Army, should be used to honor God. 

Therefore, it is not unusual for the Chicago Staff Band to perform in a variety of situations such as colleges, prisons, churches and hospitals; in concert halls and on street corners; in tiny towns and major cities. 

Founded in 1907, the band has traveled extensively throughout the United States, as well as concert tours of England, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Panama and made a return visit to London where the band was privileged to play for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Why We Do This

In spite of the many changes in personnel over the band's history, the CSB remains dedicated to Christian service and musical excellence. It is a band composed of capable musicians, but more importantly, it constantly strives to be what was described by a Chicago newspaperman many years ago as "the band with a sacred message."


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