Ever wondered why The Salvation Army play brass music? Let me tell you why.
Back when The Salvation Army began, brass band music was the hip music of the people.
Most churches were like..
“We hate brass bands. They play the devil’s music”.
But the Salvos were like “No way man we rock these trombones for Jesus”.
The Salvos would play in dance halls and people would leave their pubs to go hear them and in turn hear about Jesus. The pub owners did not like this cause they didn’t make no money without their beloved alcoholics so they formed “The Skeleton Army”. The Skeleton Army tried to ruin Salvation Army meetings and attack the bandsman. This was annoying but the bandsman could defend themselves with their gigantic brass horn weapons.
Brass instruments were also great because you could play them outside. Heck you could even play them while marching which was near impossible with a pipe organ. For many years the bands played “Open Air Meetings” on street corners and passers by would stop to hear the music and in turn hear about Jesus. My very own grandmother got involved with the Salvos after hearing Petersham Band play on Parramatta Road. But then everyone got cars and people didn’t hang out on street corners anymore so the open airs got canned.
Brass bands are not so hip anymore but they still sound pretty good. More recently electric guitars were invented and we have them too.
So next time you hear a Salvation Army band take a moment to appreciate their rich history. Salute them as they march and be on the lookout for the dreaded Skeleton Army.
ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIER!