Chicago Staff Band

Upcoming Concert

Sounds of the Season with Aubrey Logan
Saturday, November 30, 2019—7:00 pm
Edman Chapel (Not a function of Wheaton College)
401 E Franklin St, Wheaton, IL 60187
For FREE tickets contact The Salvation Army
Music and Creative Arts Ministries Department by calling (847) 294-2134

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Our Schedule

October 19-20
Eastern Michigan
November 9-11
La Crosse, Wi
November 30
Wheaton College, IL - Sounds of the Season
January 17-18
North American Composers Forum
February 22-23
Boone, IA
March 14-15
Omaha, NE
April 7, 7:00pm
Concert with the International Staff Songsters
April 23-26
Better Together 2020 - NAOC
May 16-17
Elgin, IL
June, 12-14
Music and Creative Arts Minisitries Commissioning

Our Roster

Conductor: Dr. Harold Burgmayer

Executive Officer:
Lt. Colonel Paul Smith

Travel Coordinator:
Major Robert McClintock

Soprano Cornet:
Marc Smith

Beth Malovance
Peggy Thomas, assistant conductor
Ben Kinzie
Todd Herndon
Greg Hurula
Shelagh Stuart-Andrews
Laura Aukes
Isaac Leka
Moriah Hellstrom

Lynda Cooper

Major John Aren
Jenny Herndon, accompanist
Kenneth Romin, graphic artist
Alberto Rapley, librarian
Morgan Marinelli

David Hellstrom
Abraham Leka

Brett Tolcher, manager
Tom Hanton 
William Luhn, sergeant
Gavin Hayden

Bass Trombone
David Yim

Josh Turner, webmaster/asst. QM
Nathan Hellstrom

Eb Bass
Aux. Captain Paul Bowyer
Martyn Thomas, quartermaster
Stephen Hull

Bb Bass
Jonathon Weller
Scott Thomas

Zac Smith
Sam Leka
Stephen Jordan

Media Specialist:
Emily Aukes

Social Media Specialist:
Kelly McBride

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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