Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

October 2, 2013

Southern Stars and United Methodist Church teaming up to present free concerts on Oct. 18



The Southern Stars Symphonic Brass are coordinating two free concerts which will be hosted by the Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church on Friday, Oct. 18. The church is located at 231 Westchester Drive in Fairfield Glade, TN. The USA Southern Territorial Band of the Salvation Army will be performing for these concerts as part of a tour throughout Georgia and Tennessee. The first concert will be at 3:30 p.m. and the second at 7 p.m. and each will be about 1 hour in duration. While these concerts are free to the public, the coordinator and host expect that the audience for the concerts could exceed the 385 seat capacity of the church. Therefore, the Salvation Army Band has agreed to provide two concerts (similar music selections at each concert) in order to allow as many people as possible to attend and hear this stellar brass band.

The USA Southern Territorial Band has been in existence for 86 years and is a 30-piece brass band, similar to the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass in its instrumentation with all brass instrumentalists and 3-4 percussionists. The Salvation Army has been key in spreading the growth of this unique type of ensemble around the world from its initial birth in the United Kingdom. A review of the band’s photographs over the years is a reliable “Who’s Who” of prominent Salvationist musicians including many who rose to territorial and national leadership within The Salvation Army. Bandmaster Nick Simmons-Smith (Territorial Music Secretary) began his leadership of the band in January 2009 and is himself from the UK.

The Southern Territorial Band unites a geographically diverse territory made up of 15 states, from Florida, north to Maryland and West Virginia, and west to Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Members, who travel hundreds of miles to meet together for rehearsals and territorial events only three or four times per year, are Salvation Army officers and soldiers currently serving each week as music and arts ministry leaders in their own local Salvation Army churches. A high caliber of musicianship and a strong motivation for an effective music and arts ministry of worship are hallmarks of these men and women.

Because of the expected audience, a free ticket voucher will need to be obtained in order to guarantee a seat at the concert and to maximize seating utilization. These ticket vouchers can only be obtained by the general public at the following locations:   Cumberland Eye Care (Dr. Stuart Galloway offices) on Peavine Road in Fairfield Glade, at the Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church office at 231 Westchester Dr., and at the Palace Theater on Main Street in Crossville.  Tickets will be available for pickup beginning on Monday, Oct. 7. 

To ensure that the seating is maximized and available to as many as whom would like to hear this brass band, the following procedure will be in place: (1) a maximum of 4 ticket vouchers can be picked up by a single person, (2) only take tickets for a single concert... so make a decision on which you want to attend, (3) if you take tickets, please use them. If you later find you can not use them, contact the church office at 484-3473, to inform them so the seats can be released to others who want to attend, and (4) you need to be in your seats 10 minutes prior to the concert. At that time, they will allow people without vouchers to take any open seats.

Dwight Wages, artistic director and founder of the Southern Stars, had this to say about the USA Southern Territorial Salvation Army Band. "The SSSB are pleased to team up with the Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church to bring this outstanding instrumental ensemble to our Crossville/Fairfield Glade area community for these free concerts. This territorial band from the Salvation Army is comprised of the highest caliber musicians from the southern states, and they present 'music for everyone.' Not only will you be impressed with their professionalism and quality of performance, but you will receive the benefit of some inspirational sacred music as well as marches, swing style and soloists from within the band." Dwight added, "This is a unique opportunity to hear one of the top brass bands in North America. If you have heard the Southern Stars in concert, then you can expect the same high quality in these concerts. I highly recommend you take this opportunity to attend one of these free ticketed concerts."

To not be disappointed when all the ticket vouchers are gone, you should get to one of the ticket voucher outlets as soon as possible when they are available on Monday, Oct. 7. For last year's free Christmas concerts by the Southern Stars, all of the tickets were gone within the first week. For any questions, contact the Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church office at 484-3473.