Family Camp 2014

The Texas music and arts forces had a great time at Divisional Family camp this past weekend.

The Divisional Band shared throughout the weekend, even adding a bold touch of old army style to the parade as they marched from the chapel to the carnival. On Saturday, up-and-coming cornet players Matthew Burn, Collin Dunn, Dawson Booth dazzled the congregation accompanied by the Divisional Band. 

The Divisional Praise Team led the assembly in Spirit centered worship during the weekend. The band was exceptional and added infinitely to the quality of worship, helping unite the congregations' hearts in song to the Almighty. Their focus throughout was to bring praise to the matchless name of Jesus.   

The creative arts participants ministered through song, scripture presentation, drama, and dance. Saturday night was the highlight of their ministry when they shared excerpts of "We Believe"- a creative arts and praise team partnership that focused on the essence of the Salvation Army's doctrine. The Joy of the Lord was felt as their ministry was shared.

The massed youth chorus added the icing to the cake on Sunday morning. They gathered together to sing a spirited gospel number "Your Name is Great" that featured a rap solo by Jerrell Gomez., and "All for Thee", a beautiful hymn setting shared just before the message. 

One of the most touching elements was sprinkled throughout the weekend. Several videos were shown that shared unforgettable facets of our great Texas heritage. Joshua Muir's media ministry spotlighted some of the greatest people and aspects of our rich history.  These videos will be released in the coming weeks on this website.  You can view the first by clicking here.

All in all, Divisional Family camp celebrated 125 years of ministry in Texas. The divisional music and arts team was delighted to be a part of it! 

Enjoy these photos from the weekend.

Blessed in Christ's service,

-- Your Divisional Music and Arts Team

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