Divisional Music and Arts (DMA) is an opportunity for soldiers of all ages and abilities to come together and further develop their talents to use in the various corps settings that present themselves as ministry opportunities throughout the year. We welcome any person who is involved in the corps, officer & soldier alike, who may have a skill that can contribute to one of the ensembles listed.
We are looking for leaders, assistants, ensemble support personnel, and people with New Ideas!
Contact a member from the music department if interested in volunteering!
Divisional Youth Bands
For those who have just started their musical journey. The music performed in this group is often unison or one part melodies, meaning all players are playing (and learning) together.
This group is for beginner level musicians who have now learned to read some music and play simple scales. Music is now split into four to five parts. For many young brass players, this is their first true “ensemble” experience.
An intermediate level band. This group plays music written for larger ensembles, meaning more parts. Both ensemble playing and individual musicianship are further developed through challenging music.
Potomac Divisional Youth Band
Band personnel are selected through top notch auditions and represent the finest young brass players in the division. The repertoire for this group consists of any level of Salvation Army/brass band repertoire. Being a youth based ensemble, the band is comprised mostly of high school and college students (along with some active corps officers for good measure). This group is not just a stationary one; historically, the band has traveled to various locations all along the United States east coast. The band has also had the opportunity to perform for an international audience. Notable tours in recent years include travels to Jamaica, Peru, and Puerto Rico. While musical excellence is a primary focus for the band, the true aim is and always has been to glorify the Lord and be His witness through musical and spiritual gifts.
Divisional Creative Arts
Divisional Creative Arts Ensemble
This ensemble is for mature individuals who have a passion for theatre and dance ministry. The participants choreograph, write, direct, block, and perform scripts together at various venues throughout the division.
This group’s focus is toward Youth Councils and the Spring Concert during the DMA season. This group will move at a faster pace and participants must be skilled and mature enough to provide dance ministries at their corps.
This is a technique and corps preparatory ensemble. This group’s focus is on monthly corps participation and the Spring Concert.
The focus for this group is toward Youth Councils and the Spring Concert.
This group will move at a faster pace and participants must be talented and mature enough to provide theatre ministries at their corps.
This is a technique and corps preparatory ensemble.This group’s focus is on monthly corps participation and the Spring Concert.
This group focuses on Youth Councils and the Spring Concert.
Timbrels will move at a fast pace thus, participation is for those who already possess and can demonstrate proper timbrel technique.
Divisional Youth Choirs
A group comprised of the youngest (and newest) singers in the division. Children are shown the joys of making music with their voices. Considered by many to be the most adorable of all the choirs.
The chorus for young men. The male voice has a wider range than most boys know and that potential is realized here.
The chorus for young women. Sopranos and altos learn that their voices can evoke both grace and power.
Divisional Youth Chorus
THE Divisional Youth Chorus. Many members are carried over from DYB. The group performs music from a wide selection of styles including traditional hymns, contemporary arrangements, and gospel.