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Report: Commissioning Weekend

June 18th, 2024|

JUNE 7-9, 2024 – The USA East Commissioning 2024 weekend saw the largest number of attendees in recent years as salvationists from around the territory gathered at the Hershey [...]

Report: NYSB Ensemble at NAB

April 30th, 2024|

APRIL 25, 2024 - A small group from the New York Staff Band traveled to Puerto Rico to support The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board event that was taking [...]

Report: 137th Annual Festival

April 22nd, 2024|

APRIL 20, 2024 – The New York Staff Band's 137th Annual Festival was an unforgettable evening of musical excellence and spiritual celebration – a night to remember! The band [...]

Report: 2024 Future All-Stars Weekend

April 10th, 2024|

MARCH 15-17, 2024 – As young Salvationist musicians from the USA Eastern Territory and beyond gathered with New York Staff Band (NYSB) members for the 2024 Future All-Star Weekend [...]


The New York Staff Band represents the finest in Christian brass band performance. Holding the distinction of being the first ‘staff band’ in Salvation Army [SA] music history, the NYSB meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards of musical practice and Christian ministry expected of such a model group. When the band released its first 33-rpm ‘long play’ [LP] back in 1957 under Staff Bandmaster Richard Holz, it was heralded as ‘America’s Foremost Brass Band.’ The liner notes stated boldly: “From the ‘greatest city in the world’ comes one of the greatest bands of the world. The description of the band by a leading New York music critic over 70 years ago–“amateur musicians who play like professionals”–can easily be underscored and endorsed in the second decade of the 21st century. The NYSB has been and continues to be a trailblazer in SA and brass band music making.

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