Amsterdam Staff Band of the Salvation Army has been in the forefront of that church’s musical ministry since its formal launch in 1961.
Prior to that date there had been multiple expressions of brass band service at the national level, such as the renowned Netherlands National Band (1948-1959), and even precursors to the current staff band that flourished back in the early decades of the 20th century. The ASB draws its membership from Salvation Army churches all over the Netherlands, wherein many members also serve asmusical leaders in their local SA centers of worship. Every member of the band is a Salvationist and their musicianship is based on their personal belief in God. The band’s major goal is to spread the Christian message trough music, and it aims for the highest standard. On a yearly basis the band visits multiple Salvation Army church centers throughout the country to give concerts and lead Sunday meetings. It has also built an international reputation for its fine music making via frequent tours, including those to the USA, the UK (including Northern Ireland), Canada, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic.