What a pleasure and a thrill to march alongside and sponsor, for the first time, our own Glenwood Springs High School Percussion Ensemble in the Saturday’s Strawberry Days Parade.
While The Salvation Army volunteers had a blast ringing the familiar Red Kettle bells we use to help raise funds during the winter holidays, marching alongside the ensemble’s loud – really, really loud – drums and cymbals during this much-loved summer event was terrific fun.
Plus, our volunteer banner carriers, Rich and Joel, pumped up the audience and brought a lot of attention to the ensemble marching behind them.
The Salvation Army’s love of bands began nearly 150 years ago. Soon after the founding of The Salvation Army, our now-historic organization began sponsoring and featuring street and brass bands to grab public attention.
Today, our parent organization boasts bands that perform all over the world. Here in the states, The Salvation Army musicians perform at occasions such as presidential inaugural parades, the Rose Bowl parade, National Football League halftime shows, etc.
Thus, as proclaimed on our banner, we believe that “Music Helps Build Community.” We were so honored to be able to help sponsor our local high-school music group, especially after we were surprised to learn that the enthusiastic teenagers and their hip leader, Adam Solomon, have to raise much of their own money to purchase instruments and equipment, and to travel to appearances and competitions.
What’s more, we were pleased to be able to visit with a number of the band members’ parents, who transported the instruments, organized the students, provided ice water to the ensemble members before and even during the long hot parade, and then ran further down to cheer on their favorite musicians as they passed by along the lengthy parade route.
Thanks again to the Glenwood Springs High School Percussion Ensemble. Quite literally, it rocks.
Amy Barr, The Salvation Army
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