On Sabbath 24th February, 2018, Melbourne Advent Brass accepted the invitation from leadership at Melbourne Asian Seventh-day Adventist Church (MASDAC) to lead their congregation in worship. The end result was a morning of music, worship and fellowship that was appreciated by all.
Melbourne Advent Brass was formed in Melbourne by Pr W J Gilson some 94 years ago with the primary aims of involving young people and providing good quality brass band music. Today that tradition is continued, with the band being conducted by WJ’s grand-son, Reynold, being the music director; a strong emphasis on youth involvement; and music of a high MASDAC Cont.
quality being produced.
At MASDAC, Sabbath School was a combined time of worship with the ‘senior’ classes. The band presented a number of items and provided the music for congregational singing. Sally McMahon was interviewed relative to her recent mission trip to Sri Lanka and she gave an articulate description of the work that she was involved in at that time. Tim Wilson led a discussion on the current topic of stewardship.
The church service was a full musical presentation, combined with the ‘regular’ elements of worship. Pr Graeme Christian, Victorian Conference President, combined his message with a number of musical presentations by the band.
A special feature of the band is the involvement of the younger members. Over recent years Lisa Ring has conducted training in a variety of brass instruments at both Edinburgh College and Nunawading Christian College, with the concept that these students join the Junior Advent Brass Band and as they develop move on to joining with Melbourne Advent Brass. A growing number of the current members of the band are these young people.
Melbourne Advent Brass is available to visit churches within our Conference. Their music is of a high quality and there is a real commitment to leading our congregations in meaningful worship.
If you would like to have the band visit your church, you are invited to contact the band President, Ray Boehm, on 0404 024 045.
Ian Royce
Band Patron