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Vocal music in the Eastern Territory took a step forward when the Eastern Territorial Songsters, under the leadership of Gavin Whitehouse, hosted the first ever Singing Stars over Columbus Day Weekend at the Star Lake Lodge and Conference Center in Bloomingdale, N.J. Singing Stars was modeled after the Future All-Stars which, for years, has brought …

Star Lake Musicamp has long been one of the pillar events for the USA Eastern Territory and a place where people have come to improve their musical skills, spend time in fellowship and learning and growing in the word of God. This year Star Lake Musicamp (SLMC) turned 80 years old and the same expectations …

WHEN DID YOU START TO PLAY AND WHO TAUGHT YOU? One Christmas when I was three and a half my grandfather [Roland] gave me a battered Bandmaster cornet; this meant that I could copy my dad and brother playing the cornet. When I was seven, lessons began officially; my dad taught me cornet and Marjorie …

Salvation Army composer Andrew Mackereth and his wife, Stella, have been to U.S. music camps before, but this summer was their first trip to picturesque Star Lake. And you might say they liked what they saw. “I’ve been impressed with the quality of the facilities and the quality of the musicianship,” Andrew says. “I absolutely …

When Star Lake Musicamp rolls around each summer, Ian Wettlaufer looks forward to a week of honing his tuba skills and seeing old friends and acquaintances. “I come because is it all fun and a place to be with your family,” he says. “The Christian family is really important here. It’s a big aspect and …

Dan Wajda says his favorite part of playing with Summer Brass was the group’s trip to the Old Orchard Beach (OOB) Camp Meetings. The band performed each night at the busy Pier as vacationers stopped to watch, an experience that was “very special” for Wajda, who plays the cornet at the Schenectady, N.Y., Corps. “You …

Yorkminster Visits Montclair, NJ

The spacious Montclair NJ Citadel auditorium rang with music of praise and uplift during the Fall Festival of Music presented by the Yorkminster Band and Songsters from Toronto, Ontario. Bandmaster Greg Colley and Songster Leader Donna Colley challenged the listeners with music that stirred the heart and mind. With the shimmering chords and scurrying rhythms …

Profile Night has been a staple event in the Greater New York (GNY) Division for thirty-six years and has celebrated composers from all parts of the world. Legends that have been featured in the past include Eric Ball, Ray Steadman-Allen, William Himes, Kenneth Downie and so many more. If you look at the list, it …