Happy New Year

We're excited at what's in store for the coming year!  Here's an overview of important dates.


February 22 - Divisional Youth Music and Arts Rehearsals at Camp Hoblitzelle

March 29 - Divisional Youth Music and Arts Rehearsals at Camp Hoblitzelle

April 11-13 - Youth Councils at Camp Hoblitzelle

April 26 - Divisional Youth Music and Arts Rehearsals at Camp Hoblitzelle

April 26 - Spring Festival featuring the Divisional Music and Arts Groups at Camp Hoblitzelle

May 23-26 - Lonestar Brass and CONTACT trip to Corpus Christi, TX

June 11-16 - Texas Divisional Music and Arts Camp

June 16 - July 12 - Texas Divisional Senior Music Conservatory

July 26 - August 2 - Territorial Music Institute

August 22-24 - Family Camp


We look forward to sharing with you in these exciting events!

Divisional Solo Competition

We are excited to announce that we will be holding a Youth Solo Competition at our upcoming Divisional Family Camp on Saturday, August 24 at Camp Hoblitzelle.  This will be a wonderful opportunity for your young people to share their gifts, and prepare them to take part in your local worship!

There are a good number who have preliminarily signed up for the solo competition, so they will need to select the appropriate test items found in the link below.

Young people from ages 6-18 will be allowed to compete in 4 mediums:



Drama Monologue

Solo Dance

Participants may choose to compete in more than one section.  I know there are many multi-talented young people, and we don't want to restrict them!

Follow this link to see all test items. 


Each contestant will choose 1 test item to perform (There will be 2 options for each section with varying style or difficulty level.)

Each brass and vocal solo has recorded accompaniments as well as demonstration recordings.  (Brass solos can be played on Bb or Eb instruments.  Just use the Eb or Bb accompaniment depending on the instrument)

For Drama Monologue, there are options for male or female scripts

Competition Details
Where: Coffield Conference Center

When: Saturday, August 24 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Each contestant will be assigned a time slot for their performance.  The schedule will be published so that everyone knows when and where to be.  Parents, corps officers, etc. are welcomed and encouraged to come and listen and support their young people as the perform.

We will present trophies to winners during the Saturday Evening General Session.  We will be asking the 1st place winner from each section to perform either in that Saturday evening (Brass and Drama Monologue) or Sunday Morning Worship (Solo Dance and Vocal), so winners will be notified earlier so they can be prepared.

Write Jeffrey Barrington to sign up for this exciting event! 


Conservatory Auditions

The time has come!  If you've been accepted to Conservatory 2013, please look at the audition packet and begin preparing.  Remember, this audition will determine your placement for the summer, so we want you to be at your best!

2013 Audition Packet

Additionally, you can listen to sample recordings of the brass audition music, and we recommend you do, to get a sense of the tempo and style we are expecting.

Brass Audition Audio Samples

We wish you the best as you prepare for the greatest summer of your lives!

Singing Company Competition - April 27, 2013

We are excited to announce that the Texas Division will be hosting its second annual Singing Company Competition at Junior Councils, April 26-28,2013.  So much talent was on display during our first year, with 5 corps participating, and Houston International taking home the grand prize.  We know that this year will reach new heights, as there is a music focus at Commissioning, and the winning Singing Company will be invited to Atlanta, GA to compete against groups from the other 8 Divisions on May 31 - June 2, 2013.

Here are the details you'll need to know:

Age Requirements: All singers must be between the ages of 7-13 on June 1, 2013 (this will meet the requirements to compete at Commissioning)

Group Size Requirements: Each Singing Company must have at least four singers.

Music Selection: Each group will sing one required piece AND one own choice piece, chosen from the list below.  Both pieces must be performed from 
memory.  Both pieces will be performed with live accompaniment, which we will provide if you are unable to do so.

Required PieceI'm A Soldier (Sally Broughton)

Own Choice Piece (each group must sing one of the following):
Give Me Jesus (arr. Burgmayer)
Insignificant To Incredible (Dalrymple)
Heartsong (Leager/Curnow)
Simply Trusting (Stites/Broughton)
Jesus Loves Me (Warner/Broughton)

*With All My Heart (Anderson) cannot be used for the TX Division Competition, as it was our test piece from last year.

Copies of sheet music and sound samples can be found at the following link:


Thank you for your support, as these programs help encourage live music at the corps level.  Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Jeff Barrington - Divisional Music and Arts Director

Happy New Year! Divisional Youth Bands Resume...

We hope you had a safe and happy holiday season.  We are excited to hit the ground running this year with our divisional groups.  We are looking forward to the first Youth Music and Creative Arts Rehearsal of the New Year on January 12, 201at Camp Hoblitzelle.  All 3 youth bands (Texas Brass, Lonestar Brass, and Bluebonnet Brass) and 2 creative arts ensembles (Contact and The Cast) will rehearse on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm with lunch provided.  There will be no rehearsals on Friday night, but those traveling long distances are welcome to stay at camp.  The cabins fill up quickly, so please stay at camp only if it is absolutely necessary.  Members from within the DFW Metroplex should plan on arriving Saturday morning. 

In order to make the appropriate arrangements at camp, please e-mail me the names of those from your corps that will be arriving on Friday by Wednesday, January 9

Also for those arriving Friday, please have your drivers drop off all young people in front of the conservatory no earlier than 8:00 pm.  Our staff will meet them there to give further instructions for the evening.  This is a measure to make sure everyone remains safe and well supervised while in our care. Thank you for your help in this matter. 

Here is our remaining schedule for this season:
January 12 - Rehearsal
February 9 - Rehearsal
March 8 - Rehearsal
April 5-7 - Youth Councils - Texas Brass, Contact, and Lonestar Brass (potentially) only
April 26-28 - Jr Councils (calendar change) - Bluebonnet Brass and CAST only
May 24-27 - Texas Brass and Contact Ministry Weekend

Thanks so much, and I will look forward to seeing you next weekend!