Mountain Citadel Band

“Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.”
Psalm 115:1

These ancient words, written by the Psalmist define the purpose of the Mountain Citadel Band (MCB) of The Salvation Army. The band is made up of amateur players of all ages and walks of life who share a common bond in both their love for God and their willingness to serve Him. Each player is a Christian and calls The Salvation Army their church home.

The Mountain Citadel Band was formed when two smaller churches, the Westmount Corps and Mount Hamilton Corps, successfully amalgamated in 1990. Prior to this event, both corps had well established banding traditions. When the newly formed corps opened on October 15, 1994, the band was under the baton of Bandmaster Reginald Downer.

In October of 2000, Philip Rayment was appointed Bandmaster of the Mountain Citadel Band. Under his leadership, the MCB initiated its annual Blazing Brass concert series and soon recorded its first CD, entitled “A Christmas Collage”. Blazing Brass has now successfully completed its twelfth year and has resulted in sending several young people to music camp to further their musical education and introduce them to the joy of ministry. The band also keeps busy with a regular schedule of worship services, concerts, parades and weekly rehearsals. A second CD recording entitled “Above All” was released in 2007. A third CD was released for the 20th Anniversary of Mountain Citadel in October, 2010 under the title “Salvation’s Song”.

In January of 2011, Craig Lewis was appointed Bandmaster and in January, 2012, Philip Rayment returned as Bandmaster. The position of Bandmaster became vacant in mid-September, 2013 with the transfer of Mr. Rayment to the Meadlowlands Corps and leadership of the band transferred to Bandmaster Nicole Downer.

The main focus of the MCB is its place in God’s ministry. Sunday mornings are not only a chance to participate in a worship service but also to visit with shut-ins and play for residents at local nursing homes. Each band member views his or herself as a Minister of Music and strives to reflect God’s presence in their daily lives.

Whether on the concert stage or the street corner, the band’s purpose is the same: to spread God’s message of hope and to bring glory to His name.

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“Salvation’s Song” (2010)

01. Ein Feste Burg
02. Salvation’s Song
03. Trumpet Call
04. Prelude on an Irish Folk Tune
05. Sing Glory, Hallelujah!
06. Written in Red
07. The Call of the Righteous
08. Onward! Christian Soldiers
09. When I Survey
10. Blessed Assurance
11. What a Friend
12. Shall We Gather?
13. His Eye is on the Sparrow
14. The Blessing
15. Amazing Grace

“Above All” (2007)

01. Fanfare and Flourishes
02. The Heart of Worship
03. Duke Street Intrada
04. The Kingdom Triumphant
05. Committment
06. Coronation
07. Love Lifted Me
08. Precious Jesus
09. Mighty to Save
10. I Know a Fount
11. Jubilation!
12. This I Know!
13. Above All
14. To The Chief Musician
15. He Can Break Every Fetter

“A Christmas Collage” (2000)

01. On Christmas Day
02. Joyful Bells
03. O Come Emanuel
04. Troika
05. Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming
06. White Christmas
07. I wonder As I Wonder
08 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
09. Fantasy on French Carol
10. See Amid the Winters Snow
11. Christmas Short & Suite
12. Huron Carol
13. Good King Wenceslas
14. Variations On A German Carol
15. A Christmas Reverie
16. Go, Tell it on the Mountain
17. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
18. The Manger Scene
19. Silent Night
20. Joy To The World
21. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas


May 11: Concert for a Cause
June 3: Band Sunday