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"Going to the Army!" - Marc Harry's Podcast
Salvation Army Music at its Best!
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May 06, 2014 11:55 AM PDT

"Going to the Army!" is a podcast series featuring Salvation Army music. This 11th monthly Episode is for May 2014 and features music by SA bands, songster brigades, soloists, a singing company...and The Joystrings!  After many years of unavailability The Joystrings music is now once again available to purchase from SP&S via their website at this link:

http://www.ekmpowershop28.com/ekmps/shops/stcadmin6678/joystrings-156-c.asp 

The new programme continues the ever-growing ministry of GttA around the world and features songs and pieces that have been well-loved and very well-blessed for many years throughout the Salvation Army World. The previous ten episodes have been played and/or downloaded over 50000 times both here on Podomatic and on iTunes and have been shared much more widely than that - so listeners tell me! The Good Friday 'Reflective Music Special' was downloaded over 3,000 times in just 1 days over Easter and became the 3rd most listened to Christian podcast on Podomatic and 18th on iTunes - so true listening figures must be FAR higher than the mere 'hit' counter could ever express - one estimate is that over half a million have now heard the podcasts!

Thank you for supporting this podcast and for your frequent encouragement to me to continue! I assure you it is no chore (although family and health circumstances have led to this new (May) podcast being a few days late! The global range of listeners continues to grow with additions to the Facebook group having recently passed 3,000 members.

"They shall come from the East, They shall come from the West and sit down in the Kingdom of God". Hallelujah!

Much of the featured music is from my own transfers of old SA LPs, 78s and cassettes but some CD and original recordings are also included. Presented by lifelong Salvationist musician and actor Marc Harry this podcast features music by bands, songsters, singing companies and soloists. In addition, background information about the music, the Salvation Army and the presenter's own experiences are included. Feedback is welcomed - as are requests for songs/pieces that can be considered for future podcasts. - either here, on this page or to goingtothearmy@marcharry.com

April 17, 2014 01:19 PM PDT

Introduction and Welcome - Nothing Do I Bring (Nothing But Thy Blood) - William Broughton Jr

Piece played here by The International Staff Band.

The Christ Of Calvary - words by Nathan Atkinson Aldersley. Music - Annie Laurie (arr. N Bearcroft)

Sung here by the International Staff Songsters on their recording 'The Spirit of the Army' this song is a great favourite amongst Salvationists and I have many fond memories of its association with friends now 'Gone to Glory'. I recall BM Jim Burn of Bedlington Corps singing this as a vocal solo in the open-air, tears streaming down his face, as they did so often when he was moved by the Holy Spirit. It was also the very first cornet solo ever played in public by my good friend Lloyd Bates or Portsmouth Citadel, whilst still a schoolboy at St. Luke's School in the city back in the 1920s. Lloyd played with the band for many years and, when I was Head of Music at the same school he came back for a school concert when well into his 80s and played the same tune again. Special memories indeed.

The Hill Of Calvary - Bramwell Coles

This 1945 selection was popular for many years although it has become less used in recent years as the songs used in the piece have fallen into disuse. I played this in my earliest days in the senior band at Tunstall Corps and have played it many times since. This beautiful rendition is by the Chalk Farm Band under the baton of Michael Clack.

The words of the final song, written by Ruby Knight are:

 

Down from the rainbow-circled throne

To dark Gethsemane

My Saviour came, my erring soul from sin to win

And died, He died for me.

 

Despised, rejected, yet He came

Reviling not again;

He bore for me reproach and poverty and shame

The thorns, the spear, the pain.

 

O Jesus, I can ne'er replay

The love Thou hast for me

O take my life, my love and all I have to give

And let me live for Thee

 

O Calvary, Calvary

Where Jesus died for me.

I love the place called Calvary

Where Jesus, Jesus died for me.

 

There is a Green Hill - words by Cecil Francis Alexander. Tune - Horsley

One of the most popular Easter hymns of all, sung here by The Sunbury Junior Singers under the direction fo Major Joy Webb.

Gethsemane - words by Juno Hollyhock. Music by Marc Harry

I wrote a 'Gethsemane Vigil' for the Church of England back in the 1990s with words by Fr Martin Morgan and Juno Hollyhock (YMCA). Over the years it has grown into a full Musical/Song-Cycle and I have performed it many times including in Portsmouth, Southampton and,  last week on Palm Sunday, at Lincoln Citadel. On that occasion, my son Lewis sang this song for the first time. It represents Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane prior to His arrest, asking "Take this cup from me, O Lord," but being obedient to death, knowing it was "the only way" God's will could be fulfilled.

Lewis has kindly recorded this version of the song specially for this podcast. A full CD and DVD of 'Gethsemane' is planned for recording and release in 2016.

Ave Verum (Love Divine) - Mozart arr. Albert Jakeway

Mozart's wonderful music played here by The Household Troops Band (John Mott)

I Can Think Of Him - words and music Joy Webb

This song has been much discussed during the last week on the Going to the Army Facebook page. First published in the October 1973 edition of 'The Musical Salvationist' and later in Gems 8 it has become a real favourite, albeit, again, another that has become rather forgotten in recent times. I find it a real tragedy that we Salvationists allow this to happen to what is, relatively speaking, new music.

If one of the ways God uses GttA is to bring music like this back into popular use I shall be thrilled.

This unaccompanied version is by Portsmouth Citadel Songsters.

The Old Rugged Cross - Stennard arr. Erik Leidzen

This song - of all those associated with The Salvation Army, surely the most requested - is, of course not a SA song at all but one of those we have, most certainly, 'made our own' through the years. This beautiful arrangement by Erik Leidzen is featured here by trombonist Gordon Hill with the International Staff Band from the LP 'Brass Impact'

For God So Loved the World - John ch 3. Music by Michael Babb

I was privileged to sing at the Royal Albert Hall Songster Leader's Councils Festival back in 1987, fpor which this lovely arrangement was composed as part of a larger, 3 movement piece called 'Words of Eternal Life'. The LP released from that event was, of course, titled 'Going to the Army'.

Again, I feel we often overlook this type of piece much too quickly in the Army - to me this is at least as good as the famous setting by John Stainer (from 'The Crucifixion') yet it would be my guess that, for many listeners, this might be the first time they have ever heard it. Shame on us if that is so!

When I Survey - words Isaac Watts. Tune by H Pfeil

Isaac Watts hymn is used in all Christian churches right through the world and, rightly so, has become one of the most well known hymns in all our liturgy.  This arrangement, sung here once more by Chalk Farm Band, is to a Welsh hymn tune and I was glad to use this for many years with Portsmouth Citadel Band when I was privileged to look after the band singing. Players memorised their parts and we could sing it in the open air without music - and did so, often, to great effect.

  To Thy Cross I Come, Lord  - words Frederick Fry  music by Ivor Bosanko

This gorgeous setting of words well-known since the earliest days of The Salvation Army was published in 1992 and is sung here by Kaytie Harding who, at the time was a 19-year-old songster in the corps. Kaytie went on to feature for many years as a soloist with the International Staff Songsters and now works as a voice coach and choral director with her own company 'Voice From the Coalshed' in Brighton. She has made a new CD of songs this year with BM Howard Evans on piano, 'Summer Suns' which is available from the website  http://voicefromthecoalshed.co.uk/

Love's Immortal Token - Charles Skinner

It was my great privilege as a young teenager to spend a week on holiday with Col. Charles Skinner at one of the Salvation Army's holiday homes - I believe it was in Broadstairs, Kent. Several times he took me, as a keen young SA musician, under his wing that week, making me promise him I'd make the study of harmony a priority - which, of course, I did. Many of his pieces are still used today and this setting of the hymn tune we know as 'Healing Stream' is one of those, although this vintage recording is taken from an old 78 RPM record by the ISB.

Before the Cross - words Peter M Cooke. music by Edward Gregson

The name of Edward Gregson is very well known indeed in brass band circles, having composed a lot of great music for that movement over the last 40 years - including the most recent Test Piece for the National Finals at the RAH. However, Edwards roots are in the Army, being the son of officer parents and this lovely song was one of his very first published pieces, back in 1965. Rarely played or sung for many years (notleast because the piano accompaniment is in 5 flats!) it was recorded by Portsmouth Songsters in 1995 and has recently been heard a little more due to its use by The King's Singers who have done so much to revive many SA songs through their three 'Choral Essays' CDs (which are, of course, available from SP&S or World of Brass). The vocal soloist in verse 2 was Elizabeth Bird, whose daughter Yvonne was the piano accompanist on the solo by Kaytie Harding we heard earlier.

By The Way of The Cross - words and music by Thomas D Ferguson

Although not a Salvation Army composition this songs was published by the SA twice - in 1937 and again in 1957 as a male voice arrangement, as we hear here. Sung to great effect for many years by the ISB Male Chorus and recorded by them on a 78 record this version is sung by Hendon Band on a weekend visit to Tunstall in 1977.

As a Corps Pianist who can play quite naturally 'by ear' I usually pride myself on being able to accommodate most requests by meeting leaders but I have to admit to struggling recently when a meeting leader wanted to use this but did not know the melody from the 'top tenor part' and, between us, I'm afraid we managed to let the song down!

He Took My Place - anon

The composer and author of this old gospel song is/are unknown yet it has travelled the world and been used on many occasions to help portray the truth of Jesus' atoning sacrifice. Sung here by W Binns with the Hendon Songsters from a best-selling LP of the 1970s "The Salvation Army By Request" the song comes afresh to us once more.

Were You There/I Was There

This is a special piece I have made for this podcast using two more old Regal Zonophone 78 RPM records from the 1950s. On one, the ISB Male Chorus sing the familiar old Negro Spiritual and, later, General Albert Orsborn used that record to illustrate his recorded Easter talk. On a 78 record there was only time for a fragment of the original ISB song to be used on the General's record but here, we can hear both - in a fuller version - for the first time. 

I, for one, am fascinated to hear the voice of an Army General who was Promoted Glory while I was just a very young boy - yet a man whose songs have meant so much to me right through my life, as they have, of course, to so many Salvationists.

Reflections in Nature by Robert Redhead

Earlier in April I put together a video in response to a request from a former Salvationist now living in the USA, using Catherine Baird's wonderful song "When Jesus Looked o'er Galilee". I hadn't properly realised that the rest of the Christian Church does not have this gem of a song in their hymnals - the privilege we have in the Army of having songs like this is such a great one, I'm sure we don't always appreciate it!

While the song imagines how Jesus may have thought as He gazed over the sea so close to His home and Robert Redhead's beautiful arrangement of Ernst Fewster's tune adds even more to that experience. The piece is played here by the Canadian Staff Band.

Even on Good Friday we should never forget:

 "But when the winds triumphantly

Swept from the open plain

The Master surely heard the song:

The Lord shall live again!"

March 31, 2014 02:43 PM PDT

"Going to the Army!" is a podcast series featuring Salvation Army music. This 10th monthly Episode is for April 2014 - and is an intensely personal episode for me, having had a very difficult March. In fact, many of the pieces heard are those that were sent to me by friends in encouragement and support.

The new programme continues the ever-growing ministry of GttA around the world and features songs and pieces that have been well-loved and very well-blessed for many years throughout the Salvation Army World.

The previous nine episodes have been played and/or downloaded over 50000 times both here on Podomatic and on iTunes and have been shared much more widely than that - so listeners tell me! One letter I received told me that 12 members of their own family listen to the shows via just one download - so listening figures must be FAR higher than the mere 'hit' counter could ever express - one estimate is that over half a million have now heard the podcasts! Thank you for supporting this podcast and for your frequent encouragement to me to continue! I assure you it is no chore!

The global range of listeners continues to grow with additions to the 2,600 strong Facebook group having recently been added from Fiji, Peru and Japan..."They shall come from the East, They shall come from the West and sit down in the Kingdom of God". Hallelujah!

Much of the featured music is from my own transfers of old SA LPs, 78s and cassettes but some CD and original recordings are also included. Presented by lifelong Salvationist musician and actor Marc Harry this podcast features music by bands, songsters, singing companies and soloists. In addition, background information about the music, the Salvation Army and the presenter's own experiences are included.

Feedback is welcomed - as are requests for songs/pieces that can be considered for future podcasts. - either here, on this page or to goingtothearmy@marcharry.com

February 28, 2014 04:26 PM PST

"Going to the Army!" is a podcast series featuring Salvation Army music. This 9th monthly Episode is for March 2014 - and continues the ministry of GttA. This episode,has a focus on some of the great stalwart servants that have served God through The Salvation Army over many, many years and features songs and pieces that have been well-loved and very well-blessed for many years throught the Army World.

The previous eight episodes have been played and/or downloaded over 45000 times both here and on iTunes and shared much more widely than that - so listeners tell me! One letter I received told me that 12 members of their own family listen to the shows via just one download - so listening figures must be FAR higher than the mere 'hit' counter could ever express - one estimate is that over half a million have now heard the podcasts! Thank you for supporting this podcast and for your frequent encouragement to me to continue! I assure you it is no chore!

The global range of listeners continues to grow with additions to the 2,600 strong Facebook group having recently been added from the Phillippines, Mexico and Siberia..."They shall come from the East, They shall come from the West and sit down in the Kingdom of God". Hallelujah!

Much of the featured music is from my own transfers of old SA LPs, 78s and cassettes but some CD and original recordings are also included. Presented by lifelong Salvationist musician and actor Marc Harry this podcast features music by bands, songsters, singing companies and soloists. In addition, background information about the music, the Salvation Army and the presenter's own experiences are included.

Feedback is welcomed - as are requests for songs/pieces that can be considered for future podcasts. - either here, on this page or to goingtothearmy@marcharry.com

January 31, 2014 04:03 PM PST

"Going to the Army!" is a podcast series featuring Salvation Army music. This 8th monthly Episode is for February 2014 - and continues the ministry of  GttA. This episode,has a focus on the Salvation Army's worldwide ministry and features ensembles from Canada, the USA, Holland, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, Australia, South Africa and Scotland. There is also an update on the Army's work in Italy and Greece through Estelle Blake and centred on the evils of Human Trafficking

The previous seven episodes have been played and/or downloaded over 40,000 times both here and on iTunes and shared much more widely than that - so listeners tell me! One letter I received told me that 12 members of their own family listen to the shows via just one download - so listening figures must be FAR higher than the mere 'hit' counter could ever express - one estimate is that over half a million have now heard the podcasts! Thank you for supporting this podcast and for your frequent encouragement to me to continue! I assure you it is no chore!

The global range of listeners continues to grow with additions to the 2,600 strong Facebook group having recently been added from the Phillippines, Mexico and Siberia..."They shall come from the East, They shall come from the West and sit down in the Kingdom of God". Hallelujah!

Much of the featured music is from my own transfers of old SA LPs, 78s and cassettes but some CD and original recordings are also included. Presented by lifelong Salvationist musician and actor Marc Harry this podcast features music by bands, songsters, singing companies and soloists. In addition, background information about the music, the Salvation Army and the presenter's own experiences are included.

Feedback is welcomed - as are requests for songs/pieces that can be considered for future podcasts. - either here, on this page or to goingtothearmy@marcharry.com

ERRATA - I thought 'Empress of Ireland', my script said 'Ireland'...my voice spoke India!  No idea how that happened...apologies for any offence inadvertently caused. I have recently been recording the audio book version of the forthcoming publication of Commissioner Hugh Whatmore's memoirs. The Commissioner's son, Guido, a member of the Canadian Staff band, perished in the tragedy and Hugh made a passionate speech in tribute on the opening night of the 1914 Congress.

I have also been made aware that Jamaica Citadel is not in the Caribbean but New York.

January 01, 2014 03:41 AM PST

"Going to the Army!" is a podcast series featuring Salvation Army music. This 7th monthly Episode is for January 2014 - Happy New Year! - and takes GttA into the 2nd half of its first year of ministry. The January episode, although by no means restricted to just that one expression of service, focusses on the role played within the Salvation Army of the YP (Young People's) Band.

The previous six episodes have been played and/or downloaded over 35,000 times both here and on iTunes and shared much more widely than that - so listeners tell me! One letter I received told me that 12 members of their own family listen to the shows via just one download - so listening figures must be FAR higher than the mere 'hit' counter could ever express. Thank you for supporting this podcast and for your frequent encouragement to me to continue! I assure you it is no chore!

The global range of listeners continues to grow with additions to the 2,500 strong Facebook group having recently been added from Indonesia, Peru and Liberia..."They shall come from the East, They shall come from the West and sit down in the Kingdom of God". Hallelujah!

Much of the featured music is from my own transfers of old SA LPs, 78s and cassettes but some CD and original recordings are also included. Presented by lifelong Salvationist musician and actor Marc Harry this podcast features music by bands, songsters, YP Bands and soloists. In addition, background information about the music, the Salvation Army and the presenter's own experiences are included.

Feedback is welcomed - as are requests for songs/pieces that can be considered for future podcasts. - either here, on this page or to goingtothearmy@marcharry.com

December 13, 2013 08:13 AM PST

Going to the Army us a Podcast of Salvation Army music that began in July 2013 and has, since then, reached people all over the world! This is a special selection of music old and new to celebrate Christmas 2013.

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Christmas Joy   -   Erik Leidzen's march is a perennial favourite and is, surely, played several times each Christmas by almost every SA Band. Featuring Joy to the World, Jingle Bells and Love and Joy Come To You I doubt many bandsmen need to even look at the notes! This recording is from 1986 and was recorded by Southport Citadel Band

Noel   -   Joy Webb wrote this song in the 1960s and it has retained its popularity ever since in the Singing Company repertoire. This was only released as a single (45RPM) and was not on any of the Sunbury Junior Singers LPs.

The Infant King  -  Based on an old Basque Noel and originally harmonised by Cesar Franck this beautiful carol is often featured, as it is here, a capella (unaccompanied) and sung by the ISS

The Joy Of Christmas  - Robert Redhead's suite was popular for many years after its publication in the early 1970s but, in recent years, just the middle section (a glorious arrangement of O Little Town of Bethlehem) seems to be played anything like regularly. Sandwiching that arrangement we hear the lesser known 'Seven Joys Of Mary' and 'Past Three O'Clock'

Welcome to the World  -  This is from the Musical/Song Cycle 'Gethsemane' which I wrote with Fr Martin Morgan and Juno Hollyhock for The Church of the Ascension in Portsmouth. Recorded for my Christmas CD "My Christmas Wish" I share the vocals with my sister Ruth Bell, formerly of the ISS. The whole CD is available on a 'PAY WHAT YOU LIKE' Digital Download this December. Make your donation via PayPal to marc@harrymusic.co.uk and you will receive a link to download the tracks as mp3 or full quality FLAC files.

Comfort and Joy  - My good friend Dr Martyn Thomas wrote this piece for Portsmouth Citadel Band while we were both members in the early 1990s. Based on God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen this crowd-pleasing item calls for some virtuoso cornet and euphonium playing!

Ding Dong/Stars are Shining - My father, Major Ken Harry, collected the SA 78s all his life and always wanted to have them on cassette or CD but it was only after he was Promoted To Glory that computer technology developed to make this properly possible - especially as I soon learned how to remove so much of the crackle and hiss that made the original discs so hard to listen to! I first transferred all the SA 78s to CD some years ago and have now done many of them more than once. This recording was made by The London Girl Singers in the mid 1950s.  

The Little King Jesus - The Joystrings led the way for Christian Contemporary Music in the 1960s with their singles even appearing in the mainstream pop charts. Although both the groups' LPs had a Christmas theme several other Christmas songs only appeared on singles. This song, however, features on the LP 'Well Seasoned'.

A Carol Fantasy -  Eric Ball's piece  was published in 1966 and it is pleasing to hear so many of the master composer's exquisite touches in this much under-valued work, recorded here by the ISB on the 1974 collection "The Christmas Festival in Brass"  

The Holly and the Ivy - Another lovely Joy Webb arrangement for the Sunbury Junior Singers of the traditional carol.

Glory to God in the Highest - I met Col. Bram Thornett many times in my younger life, usually associated with his concertina, of course! Then - when my parents moved to Felixstowe to be the Corps Officers there - Bram was a retired officer soldiering at the corps. It soon became my privilege to be Bram's piano accompanist when he played concertina solos at various corps, over 60s clubs and rallies. One of Bram's sons is a regular listener to the Podcast and I'm glad to include something VERY traditionally 'Old Army' in this Playlist.

Praise Ye The Lord - While in a 'historic' mode 'Praise Ye the Lord' is the Army's version of the popular 'Hail, Smiling Morn' - a tune always looked forward to in carolling sessions (the triplet quavers warm the fingers up!) and sung here by the ISS once again.

Nev's Carol Medley - From the old to the newer! Neville Raine originates from Sunderland in the North East but has lived for many years in Leeds. I have worked with many guitarists over the past 30 years but none better than Nev, who I had the privilege of playing and singing alongside in Rock Group 'The Big Picture'. This Carol Medley was, I believe, assembled for a Corps Carol Service at Morley Corps and I found it recently in my collection and deemed it a 'must share'!

O Little Town - What we in the UK call 'the American version' of this famous carol is still heard less often here than the more familiar 'Forest Green' tune. This beautiful arrangement by Col Norman Bearcroft comes from the long-forgotten ISS LP 'Christmas Greetings' that I only recently transferred to my computer and is well-worth a listen!

Good Christian Men Rejoice - Quite possibly the strangest Salvation Army related recording I can think of was the collaboration between the popular Cockney duo 'Chas & Dave' with the Cambridge Heath Band back in 1986. Released on the secular Telstar label this recording was advertised widely on TV at the time and both album and a single got into the charts! Chas & Dave may not be every Salvationist's 'cup of rosie lea' but I was reminded of this album just this week when the duo headlined the 'Royal Variety Show 2013'.

While Shepherds Watched - It was a pleasure to work with Norwich Citadel Band and massed singers from the Norfolk area on a recording 'Joy To The World' a few years ago, providing arrangements for the singers, keyboard additions to various pieces and incidental music for Christmas bible readings. The CD was the first release that could be purchased with or without the singing and reading - so any other corps without a band would be able to host a full carol service using the 'accompaniment' version of the disc. This was my arrangement of the popular carol.

The Festive Season - Morley Calvert's Christmas suite has been enjoyed for many years by Army audiences and it is now a popular item on contesting bands' Christmas programmes as well. I'm sure many former Army bandsmen have memories of their Army service re-awakened when they play such pieces. I pray their love for Jesus is also rekindled at such times...and I'm sure it often is...

Christmas Can Be Every Day - The second offering from The Joystrings here - and a song that has managed to retain some popularity over the years. Christmas can be every day if we have the love of Jesus in our hearts.

A Starry Night -  Aptly following The Joystrings we hear Joy Webb's 'A Starry Night'. This song is one of the Army's most successful 'exports' in recent years and is sung by children in schools all over the world every Christmas. I remember playing it at a football stadium a couple of years ago at a 'Faith in Football' carol service and, as the band played, a whole grandstand full of children spontaneously joined in and sang! What a great experience that was!

Star Of Bethlehem - Salvacosta are a vocal ensemble who need little introduction to Salvationists in the UK. Their new CD for Christmas 2013 is called 'The Christmas Collection' and I am delighted that Darren Bartlett has asked me to include a song from this brand new recording here. The group (which, incidentally, also features my sister Ruth and my son Lewis) have a new album out at the moment that is successfully raising money for the BBC Children in Need appeal and I would encourage you all to add this excellent collection of Christmas Music to your collections by clicking here to see how to purchase it!

The Carollers - Finishing off this Christmas selection of music is another of the great SA Christmas marches - 1953's 'The Carollers' by Richard Holz featured Good King Wenceslas, The Holly and the Ivy and God Rest ye Merry, Gentlemen.

The vast majority of the recordings used here are, as always on "Going to the Army!" unavailable to purchase - mostly being long 'out of print'. However, almost all new Salvation Army recordings are available from World Of Brass and/or SP&S.

PLEASE support music-making in the SA today by visiting one of these sites.

A VERY Happy Christmas to all listeners. God Bless You all.

Marc 

December 05, 2013 02:26 PM PST


"Going to the Army!" is a podcast series featuring Salvation Army music. This 6th monthly Episode is for December 2013 and looks forward to the coming of Christmas with a section dedicated to Advent Music.

PLEASE SEE ERROR REPORT BELOW

The previous six episodes that have been played and/or downloaded over 30,000 times both here and on iTunes! Much of the featured music is from my own transfers of old SA LPs, 78s and cassettes but some original recordings are also included. Presented by lifelong Salvationist musician and actor Marc Harry this podcast features music by bands, songsters, singing companies and soloists. In addition, background information about the music, the Salvation Army and the presenter's own experiences are included.

Feedback is welcomed - as are requests for songs/pieces that can be considered for future podcasts. - either here, on this page or to goingtothearmy@marcharry.com

Error alert and apology: 
 It has been brought to my attention that the soloist in Rhapsody for Cornet and Band is NOT David Dawa as announced on the show. It is, in fact, Michael Wilson. 

While not an 'excuse' - I should have checked the CD case - the podcast was already delayed and my CD cases are in the loft where I (partly disabled) am not able to venture. I 'took a chance' and was wrong. SINCERE apologies to both David and Michael - I hope this error does not detract from the enjoyment of the podcast...regardless of the player it is an extremey fine performance! Marc (6/12/13)
 

November 09, 2013 03:40 PM PST

"Going to the Army!" is a podcast series featuring Salvation Army music.

This is the first of our 'Special' Episodes, to mark Remembrance Day - an event that Salvation Army bands all over the world take part in every year.

The major (end) part of this podcast uses, NOT music, but a short story written and self-published a few years ago by Marc Harry - the writer and presenter of Going to the Army. The story is also read by the author, who has worked as an actor as well as a teacher and musician in the past. Marc's family are from Wales and, although fiction, the story has many links to his family history as well as reflecting the horrors of war and it's effect on the subsequent lives of all who were part of it.

Preceding the story is a short selection of music typical of that music that SA bands will be playing this Sunday, 10th November 2013, and in any subsequent year. Featured recordings include the International Staff Band, The London Singers and The Grimethorpe Colliery Band.

Feedback is welcomed - as are requests for songs/pieces that can be considered for future podcasts. - either here, on this page or to goingtothearmy@marcharry.com

October 30, 2013 11:31 AM PDT

"Going to the Army!" is a podcast series featuring Salvation Army music. This 5th Episode is for November 2013 and is the first to be split into two parts. The previous four episodes that have been played and/or downloaded over 20,000 times both here and on iTunes!

Most of the featured music is from my own transfers of old SA LPs, 78s and cassettes but some original recordings are also included. Presented by lifelong Salvationist musician and actor Marc Harry this podcast features music by bands, songsters, singing companies and soloists. In addition, background information about the music, the Salvation Army and the presenter's own experiences are included.

Feedback is welcomed - as are requests for songs/pieces that can be considered for future podcasts. - either here, on this page or to goingtothearmy@marcharry.com

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Plug your mobile device (iPhone, iPad, iPod) into your computer with the Dock Connector cable, and click the device in iTunes's left navigation bar.

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Once you have your device highlighted, click "Podcasts" in the top navigation bar and sync the podcasts you want on your device. Click "apply" and the episodes you have downloaded on your iTunes software will sync with your device.
that's it!

The beauty of this process is that now, every new episode of your subscribed podcasts will automatically sync to your device every time you plug it in and open iTunes. You can now take your favorite shows with you everywhere you go.

Enjoy!
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