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About Big Brass Blast

Join The Salvation Army and help us kick-off our annual Red Kettle Campaign with a blast - The Big Brass Blast! We're calling all brass players to help us form one giant British-style brass band in the grand tradition of Salvation Army Bands through history.

Date: Friday, November 9th, 2018

Location: South end of the Southridge Mall - Macy's Entrance

Program: 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.



We ask that the participants arrive around 5 p.m. and rehearsal will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The registration table located at the mall management office on the second floor. Each participant will receive a free t-shirt when they check in.

Click Here to Register

If you are interested in registering big groups (over 10 participants), please email mkespecialevents@usc.salvationarmy.org.

Meet your conductor

William Himes (b. 1949) earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan. For five years he taught instrumental music in the public schools of Flint, Michigan, where he was also adjunct lecturer in low brass at the University of Michigan-Flint. Mr. Himes continues to be in demand as conductor, composer, lecturer, clinician, and euphonium soloist and has appeared throughout the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Jamaica, Argentina, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

From 1977 to 2015, Mr. Himes served as the music director of The Salvation Army’s Central Territory, which encompasses the eleven midwestern states. In this capacity he conducted of the Chicago Staff Band, an internationally recognized ensemble which he led on successful tours of New Zealand, Chile, Canada, Jamaica, Mexico, Singapore, the Philippines, Hong Kong, England, South Korea, and Australia. Mr. Himes has more than 200 published works for both Salvation Army groups and school concert bands. Since his retirement in 2015, he has continued to be in demand around the world as composer, conductor and clinician.


Stephen Hull, Divisional Music & Gospel Arts Director
(414) 302-4300