2018-05-10 / Living

The Salvation Army presents a free community concert

FLINT — This month, The Salvation Army begins a year-long celebration of serving Flint and Genesee County residents with the basic needs of food for the family, utility and water shutoff notifications and rent assistance for 125 years.

It all began on July 26, 1893 – It was the day The Salvation Army officially came to Flint.

The Salvation officers and soldiers, the “forces” arrived at the Grand Trunk Station on that Wednesday. The encampment was a short distance away, just East of South Saginaw Street, where they would settle for the next 12 days.

They found a beautiful grove along the Thread River with its delightful shade trees, known as Peer Grove. For 12 days The Salvation Army would share music, faith and the Love of God. At the end of the twelve days, Major W. J. Cozens, Provincial Officer for the Michigan and Indiana Province, decided to establish permanent operations in “The Vehicle City” and appointed Captains Florence Clifford and Williamson as the first Officers.

Thus, the well-organized encampment, invasion, and bombardment were a success. The foundation had been well laid. The acceptance by the citizens and the city in general was the beginning of many years of growth of The Salvation Army in Flint.

To commemorate the historical event, The Salvation Army will host a free community concert on May 19 at 7 p.m. The performance will be held at The Whiting, located in the Flint Cultural Center. The public is invited to the concert, admission is free.

The Flint Citadel Band will perform with the well renown Chicago Staff Band for a once in a lifetime performance. The Chicago Staff Band was founded in 1907, and 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.

The Chicago Staff Band is 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.”

William Himes, former conductor of the Flint Citadel band is well-known for his compositions and arrangements; William Himes has more than seventy publications to his credit. These, along with numerous manuscripts awaiting publication, are continually featured on international broadcasts and recordings.

Details: Call 810-232-1684. — G.G.

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