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Warwick Corps gets into swing of jazz festival again

Warwick Corps gets into swing of jazz festival again

Warwick Corps gets into swing of jazz festival again

4 August 2016

Barbershop quartet, Blindside performed at Warwick Salvation Army's annual Sing and Swing concert.

By Esther Pinn

For the third time, Warwick Corps took part in its local community’s annual Jumpers and Jazz festival on 30-31 July.

Revelation Big Band, led by Sam Creamer from Carindale Corps, and international award-winning barbershop quartet, Blindside, once again performed at the corps’ annual “Sing and Swing at the Salvos” concert on the Saturday evening. The Army’s Agents of T.RU.T.H also appeared for the first time at Sing and Swing, alongside recently retired Salvation Army officers, Commissioners James and Jan Condon, who were the guest speakers at the jazz event.

Warwick Corps Officer, Lieutenant Steve Spencer, said this year’s event drew the biggest crowd yet, with more than 200 people from the Army and local community attending the Saturday evening concert. Lieut Spencer said there was one man there from Townsville who had enjoyed the concert so much last year that he planned his holiday this year around the concert.

While jazz performance was a major component of the weekend, Lieut Spencer said the main focus was to proclaim the message of Christ to the local community. In the lead-up to the weekend, both Lieut Spencer, and his wife Lieut Lydia, preached multiple messages on evangelism.

“[We were] trying to sow into our people how to talk to others about God and share our own personal testimonies so when people come up to us and say, ‘Why do you do this?’, we can say ‘We do this because ...’ and we can start talking about God,” said Lieut Spencer.

As part of its vision to evangelise, Warwick Corps took part in the jazz festival’s tree display. A group of corps women covered a tree with Bible verses and a wrap they had knitted especially for the festival.

On the Sunday morning, Revelation Big Band performed for their local community at Leslie Park, opposite Warwick Corps. Then, Revelation Big Band and the Agents of T.R.U.T.H joined the Sunday morning corps worship meeting. Corps member Annette Ackeroyd was also enrolled as an adherent during the meeting.

Revelation Big Band also celebrated its third anniversary at the jazz festival, as this musical group intentionally formed for the first Jumpers and Jazz festival back in 2014.

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