Story by Jimmy Cox
Cherokee Brass toured Mountain Home, AR over Labor Day weekend. The band did a series of concerts in the community, culminating in a worship service at the Mountain Home corps. They represented the division, the Mountain Home corps, and The Salvation Army very well.
This tour was scheduled to take place over Memorial Day weekend, but was rescheduled due to the tornadoes that struck central Oklahoma. Major’s Poff worked very hard along with the music department to get this rescheduled over Labor Day weekend, and the majority of the band was able to work this into their schedules as well!
The first concert was an outdoor event Friday night at the city square. The band played a full concert, and had a great turnout! There were nearly a 150 people from the community in attendance. Cherokee Brass was the only group performing, so everyone was there solely to see the band. Major Johnny Poff gave the devotion this evening.
The next morning, the band got to tour the visitor center at Bull Shoals, AR, just outside of Mountain Home. They had a good time taking a break from playing and getting to know more about the area. Afterwards, they played an afternoon concert at Cooper Park on the White River.
Saturday Night, the band played a concert of worship at the First Assembly of God church. The chapel was a beautiful place to play, and the people of the church were very welcoming. The first set featured the band, youth chorus, praise band, and drama. Cherokee Brass ended the set with Fantastic Discovery (Redhead).
After intermission, the evening took on a more meditative tone. The band led the congregation in Holy Holy Holy, and played several other selections. After the chorus sangTake Time to be Holy (Fettke) , we were led in a devotion by DMD Andrew Barrington. He spoke on the importance of having a faith with deep roots. The band then played Take Time to be Holy (Sharmin). The evening finished with Amazing Race (Mackereth).
Sunday Morning Cherokee Brass joined in worship with the Mountain Home corps. The band served its most important function on this day, as they were the duty band for the Holiness Meeting. The young people provided the music, scripture reading, prayer, Praise and Worship, band selections, and congregation accompaniment for the meeting.
For more information on Cherokee Brass, or The Salvation Army music programs, visit http://www.aokmusicandarts.com