The Story Of The 'Sally Anne' Band


What Is The Salvation Army?

The Salvation Army is a recognized and respected worldwide charity organization. People often think of it as just that: a charitable organization. But it's so much more than that. The Salvation Army has many branches across the globe, and its main aims are to support those in need, preach the gospel, lead people to faith in Christ and train them to become useful members of society through its many educational programs. The Salvation Army Brass Band is a key element to promoting awareness of their organization and services. These bands are made up of volunteers that rehearse weekly with their director, they also perform at public events such as parades or fairs to attract new volunteers and raise funds for the organization. In this article we will explore how The Salvation Army Brass Band became an essential part of The Salvation Army’s efforts throughout the world!

The History of the Salvation Army Band

The Salvation Army has a long history, with its origins dating back to 1865 when the organization was founded in London by by a Methodist minister William Booth and his wife, Catherine. The couple had a strong Christian faith and believed it was their mission to help others.

Today the organization has grown to serve approximately 30 million people each year through more than 130 countries. The Salvation Army has a long history of service to people in need, as well as a reputation for its musical tradition. When The Salvation Army was founded in the mid-19th century, bands were an important part of public life.

Salvation Army brass tradition actually emerged in 1881, when the first band was formed in London by a local church. The first bands were made up of local church members who played in the streets as part of their evangelistic efforts.

As the band gained in popularity it became more formally organized and the concept of it being an integral part of The Salvation Army was born. The Salvation Army movement soon spread to many other countries around the world and the band was imported to those nations as well.

Salvation Army bands are led by both professional and amateur musicians. Some of the world's most famous orchestras, such as the London Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic, were founded by Salvationists.

The Salvation Army’s Worldwide Efforts and Services

The work of The Salvation Army is carried out with the mission to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human need in His name without discrimination. The organization's main activities are:

  • Education and Youth Programmes: The organization provides learning environments and educational programs in schools and communities, including classes for language instruction and academic tutoring.
  • Disaster Relief: The organization provides relief for people during and after natural disasters, helping with everything from emotional support, to providing food and shelter, to distributing all-important supplies such as medicine and clean water.
  • Rehabilitation and Counseling Services: The organization provides services for children, youth and families, such as family therapy, foster care, and other types of counseling, in addition to its work with people with drug addictions, people who have experienced domestic violence, people who are homeless, and others in need.
  • Social Services and Health Care: The organization provides social services such as assisting people with low incomes and people who are at risk of losing their housing. The organization also provides health care such as disease prevention, first aid training, and mental health services.
  • Worship and Liturgy: The organization provides opportunities for people of all faiths to express their spirituality through various religious ceremonies and activities.

How the Salvation Army Band Promotes Their Mission

The band provides an opportunity for people to come together, play music and enjoy the experience of being part of a team that supports a common cause. This experience of playing together helps to break down social barriers and provide a positive and welcoming message for people in the community. This can be seen in the way that many band members come to the organization with issues such as addiction and mental health issues.

The Salvation Army offers support and guidance through their 12 step programme and also other programmes to help people to live a positive life and assist them in overcoming their issues and finding a positive future for themselves.

The Salvation Army band has long been an integral part of their efforts to promote their mission. The Salvation Army is recognized worldwide for their distinctive sound, which is generated by their brass bands, which are a common feature at Christmas time, performing outside in public places to attract donations. Many people remember the sound of the Salvation Army bands from their childhood, and they often collect coins and make donations to the organization when they hear the band playing.

The Salvation Army is a Christian organization, so the bands play Christian hymns that are meant to inspire people to take advantage of the assistance that is offered by the organization.

The Salvation Army brass band is a traditional marching band, as seen at parades and events. The band may have anywhere from 15 to 40 members, and some bands may be larger. Their music is most often associated with the Christmas season, when Salvation Army bands tour the country and play outside stores to raise funds. These bands are also a common sight at Easter, when they play religious music outside churches.

But Why a Brass Band?

The Salvation Army is most widely associated with its iconic red uniform, yet the organization has a long and rich history of music. Over the years, The Salvation Army has produced some of the most widely recognized and beloved hymns in the world.

The band is often referred to as the “Brass Band” because it features a brass instrument section, which includes trumpets, trombones, baritone horns, and tenor horns. These instruments are arranged in a tight formation near the front of the band, with the reed instruments (including the saxophones, clarinets, and flutes) and percussion instruments (including drums and cymbals) placed behind the brass.


The Salvation Army band is a potent and beautiful symbol. It is a very expensive endeavour, but the members of the bands are dedicated to their cause and willing to pay for their instruments and uniforms out of their own pockets.

The Salvation Army relies on the support of the public, and the band is a very effective way to collect donations. If you would like to support The Salvation Army, you can always donate money, and you can also attend one of their fundraising events where they will often have bands playing. If you would like to learn more about The Salvation Army, or you would like to donate money, or if you are interested in volunteering, you can check out their website which is