Chicago Staff Band


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Our Schedule

January 20-21

Kansas City, MO - Joint concert with the Sydney Staff Songsters

February 25
Chicago Freedom Center
March 9-11
Territorial Youth Band and Chorus (THQ)
April 21-22
Joint concert with the Eastern Iowa Brass Band
May 19-20
Flint, MI
June 8-10 

Commissioning (Milwaukee, WI)

September 7
Central Territory Cadet's Welcome
September 14-16
CSB Retreat
October 20-21
Northern Division
November 10-11
Western Michigan Northern Indiana Division
November 24
Sounds of the Seasons Concert
January 19-20
For more information, call (847) 294-2133
February 9-10
For more information, call (847) 294-2133
March 1-3
Toronto, ON
April 27-28
For more information, call (847) 294-2133
May 18-19
For more information, call (847) 294-2133
June 7-9

Our Roster

Harold Burgmayer

Executive Officer:
Lt. Colonel Paul Smith

Travel Coordinator:
Major Timothy Pascoe

Soprano Cornet:
Marc Smith

Solo Cornet
Beth Malovance
Peggy Thomas, Deputy Bandmaster
Ben Kinzie
Martyn Thomas, Quartermaster
Greg Hurula

First Cornet
Chuck Smith
Laura Aukes

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:
David Hellstrom
Jeffery Kim

Second Baritone:
Abraham Leka
Major Timothy Pascoe

First Trombone:
Brett Tolcher, Secretary
William Luhn, Sergeant

Second Trombone:
Kelly McBride

Bass Trombone
David Yim

Josh Turner, Webmaster/Asst QM
Nathan Hellstrom

Eb Bass
Paul Bowyer
Joshua Bowyer
Stephen Hull

Bb Bass
Jonathon Weller
Scott Thomas

Alan Stewart
Zac Smith
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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 results 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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