Chicago Staff Band

CSB and CBB Together in Concert
19 February 2019
Together in Concert! The Chicago Brass Band (Colin Holman) and The Chicago Staff Band (Harold Burgmayer)
Events, News, Chicago Staff Band News
TYB/TYC Praise Concert at Wonderland
01 May 2017
Join us at Wonderland Camp on Saturday, May 20th for a Praise Concert featuring the Territorial Youth Band and Territorial Youth Chorus.
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Our Schedule

January 19-20
Warsaw, IN
February 9-10
Elmhurst, IL - Concert with Chicago Brass Band (More Info)
March 1-3
Toronto, ON - Canadian Staff Band 50th Anniversary
April 27-28
Waukesha, WI
May 17-26
USA West and Western Canada - CSB Tour 
June 7-9
Milwaukee, WI - Commissioning
September 21
Elmhurst, IL - Concert with The International Staff Band
October 19-20
Eastern Michigan
November 9-11
Leavenworth, KS
November 30
Wheaton College, IL - Sounds of the Season 

Our Roster

Conductor: Dr. Harold Burgmayer

Executive Officer:
Lt. Colonel Paul Smith

Travel Coordinator:
Major Robert McClintock

Soprano Cornet:
Marc Smith

Beth Malovance
Peggy Thomas, assistant conductor
Ben Kinzie
Maror Tim Meyer
Greg Hurula
Minwoo Kang
Chuck Smith
Laura Aukes
Isaac Leka
Moriah Hellstrom

Lynda Cooper

Major John Aren
Jenny Herndon, accompanist
Kenneth Romin, graphic artist
Alberto Rapley, librarian
Morgan Marinelli

David Hellstrom
Jeffery Kim
Abraham Leka

Brett Tolcher, manager
Gavin Hayden
William Luhn, sergeant

Bass Trombone
David Yim

Josh Turner, webmaster/asst. QM
Nathan Hellstrom

Eb Bass
Aux. Captain Paul Bowyer
Martyn Thomas, quartermaster
Stephen Hull

Bb Bass
Jonathon Weller
Scott Thomas

Alan Stewart
Zac Smith
Sam Leka
Stephen Jordan

Media Specialist:
Ron Cooper

Social Media Specialist:
Kelly McBride

Our History

The Chicago Staff Band is The Salvation Army's principal concert band of the midwest. Its innovative music and quality performances are the results of dedication and effort of its band members who volunteer their many hours of service without remuneration. 

Of the band's members, approximately one-third are laymen of various occupations and students and two-thirds are Salvation Army officers (ordained ministers) and employees, serving in various administrative and service-oriented positions within the Army's network of metropolitan Chicago facilities and programs. 

All of these individuals have at least three things in common: a love and desire to serve God, commitment to the membership and ministry of the Salvation Army, and musical talent that is willingly shared in groups such as the Chicago Staff Band.

What We Do

Much of our music is based on traditional hymns of the church. That is because we believe our music, as well as everything we do through the ministry of The Salvation Army, should be used to honor God. 

Therefore, it is not unusual for the Chicago Staff Band to perform in a variety of situations such as colleges, prisons, churches, and hospitals; in concert halls and on street corners; in tiny towns and major cities. 

Founded in 1907, the band has traveled extensively throughout the United States, as well as concert tours of England, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Panama and made a return visit to London where the band was privileged to play for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Why We Do This

In spite of the many changes in personnel over the band's history, the CSB remains dedicated to Christian service and musical excellence. It is a band composed of capable musicians, but more importantly, it constantly strives to be what was described by a Chicago newspaperman many years ago as "the band with a sacred message."

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