The Salvation Army Charlottesville Year End Community Service Numbers are Higher than Ever Before

Wow! The 2014/15 Community Service numbers for The Salvation Army in Charlottesville VA are higher than ever before.  The need for meals, housing and other services are greater than ever before.  We don’t always want to hear that the number of people in need continue to grow but, this is the case.  The cool things is that through the help of the people of C’ville the Army continues to do all it can to meet those needs.

Here are a few of the service numbers among many others that are not included:

Program and Services Key Statistics
12 Months ending September 30, 2015
56,287 HOT MEALS served to the hungry

1,826 individuals provided SHELTER

6,546 CLOTHING ITEMS given to the poor

15,470 ANGEL TREE GIFTS distributed to those less fortunate at Christmas


helping us help neighbors in need (Thank you!)

The Salvation Army National Capital Band Comes to Charlottesville, VA

The National Capital Brass Band of The Salvation Army is coming to Charlottesville, VA on Saturday December 5, 2015 to perform a “Seasonal Concert.”

A Tradition of Ministry

The National Capital Band began as the Washington Headquarters Band in 1925. Since then, the band has continued its ministry of music without interruption. Despite the vast changes in society and music since its inception, the band is still effective in fulfilling its mission, to be an emissary of Jesus Christ through the performance of spiritually inspired music.

The Salvation Army tradition of brass bands goes back more than 125 years. In Washington, DC, and the surrounding areas the National Capital Band has been a part of this tradition since its formation in 1925.


Organizationally, the band is attached to the headquarters of the National Capital and Virginia Division, based in Washington, DC. It enjoys strong support from the Divisional Commander, Lt.-Col. Mark Israel. The general secretary of the division, Major Andrew Kelly, serves as the Executive Officer of the band. The band is administered through the divisional music department, which is under the supervision of Bandmaster David Delaney.

For more information and to hear/see the band in action follow the links below:


The Renown National Capital Band of The Salvation Army

The Renown National Capital Band of The Salvation Army

Members of the band are committed Christian musicians who volunteer their time and talents. Although the band has counted some professional musicians in its ranks over the years (most of them associated with one of the several military bands based in the Nation’s Capital), the vast majority of the players are amateurs, many of whom received their musical training through the Salvation Army.

The band operates on a seasonal basis, with the season running from September through May. Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings at the Divisional Headquarters building on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington. In a typical season, the band will participate in three ministry weekends, have several engagements around the Christmas holidays, and play various engagements in the Washington metro area, averaging about one performance a month.

For many years, the National Capital Band has enjoyed a reputation as one of the finest Salvation Army bands in the United States, and has traveled extensively throughout the US and Canada. In addition, the band has conducted several extended foreign campaigns of 10 days or more, including

  • Jamaica (1974)
  • New Zealand and Australia (1989)
  • Scandinavia and Estonia (1991)
  • Russia and Ukraine (1994)
  • Switzerland and France (2007)

The band has also extended its ministry through recordings, having released ten albums since its first in 1978.



The Salvation Army School of Performing Arts kicks off the Fall Youth Programs

On October 8, 2015 The Salvation Army School of Performing Arts kicked of its fall season.  Over 30 young people and adults (teachers) came together to learn and express themselves through music and other art forms. We had a beginners brass band program with over 20 in attendance, timbrel class, mime and Jr. choir.  We had the opportunity start with the fundamentals and then apply what they learned.  Basic theory skills, music history and active interaction from everyone.  There where 44 in attendance this week and it was amazing.

The Story Behind Salvation Army Music (Holz)
William Booth (Founder of The Salvation Army) felt suspicious of organized music groups. Yet he launched a movement that became renowned worldwide for its bands and choirs. In 1878, the Fry family brass quartet aided Army evangelists in the city of Salisbury. Brass bands sprang up within the next few years all over the country—a natural consequence of the musical interests of many of the converts. There was no systematic organization at first. While William Booth cautiously pondered the impact of this new evangelistic tool, his enthusiastic followers went forward.
(Dr. Ronald W. Holz  was the chair of the division of fine arts at Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky, and author of several studies of Salvation Army music.)
The Salvation Army’s music programs teach people of all ages how to sing and play instruments to the glory of God and for the blessing of others. Whether it’s playing in a Salvation Army band, singing in a choir or praise band in Sunday worship, or playing instruments at a Christmas kettle, Salvation Army music ministries provide participants with a lifetime of fulfillment through musical excellence with spiritual purpose
 School of Performing Arts