The Amsterdam Staff Band of the Salvation Army
The Amsterdam Staff Band is the premier brass band of the Salvation Army in the Netherlands. All bandsmen and women are actively involved in their local Salvation Army Corps (church), many holding leadership positions. The Amsterdam Staff Band makes monthly visits to Salvation Army centres around the Netherlands, presenting musical concerts and leading worship and open-air meetings. In addition to its activities in the Netherlands, the Amsterdam Staff Band makes regular tours abroad. Recent trips have included Canada, the United Kingdom and Finland. The band makes many recordings, appears often in radio and television broadcasts, and performs regularly at such important brass band events as the annual Premier Brass concerts, in which it plays alongside contest bands. The Amsterdam Staff Band is led by bandmaster Olaf Ritman.