AOK Divisional Band in Fort Smith

The Arkansas and Oklahoma Divisional Band was privileged to put on a concert in Fort Smith, AR on May 13th. The band was hosted by the Fort Smith Corps and Majors Johnny and Kathy Poff. 

After a late rehearsal at Camp Heart O' Hills the night before, the Divisional Band arrived in Fort Smith for the concert. Beginning at 1:00 PM, the band played in the beautiful setting of the Riverfront Park. The concert opened with a rousing piece called "St. Francis", by William Himes. From there, the band moved into a wide range of repertoire, including "The Great Physician" by Dudley Bright, "Gift for His Altar" by Leslie Condon, and culminating with "Call of the Righteous", also by Leslie Condon. The crowd was also treated to a fantastic Flugal/Trumpet solo called "Blessed Assurance" by Stephen Bulla. The solo was played expertly by Dr. Ryan Sharp, the principle cornetist in the Divisional Band. 

Our departing members: Anthony Barrington, Sgt. Victor Estudiante, and Captain Claudia Roseno

We were blessed by a scripture reading from Lt. Brittany Carr and the testimony of Sgt. Victor Estudiante. There was also a bittersweet moment as the band said farewell to three members. Sgt. Victor Estudiante, Captain Claudia Roseno, and Bandsman Anthony Barrington are all moving on other endeavors. Sgt. Estudiante and his wife are entering the Evangeline Booth College in Atlanta, GA to become Salvation Army officers. Captain Claudia Roseno and her family are also moving to Atlanta, where she and her husband will Candidates' Secretaries. Anthony Barrington is embarking on an exciting new step in his life, as he has been accepted by the Juilliard School of Dance, Drama, and Music! Anthony will be studying trumpet, and we could not be more proud of his accomplishments.  All of these members have been very important to the music programs of the AOK division. Though we are sad to see them go, we know they will continue in ministry and in excellence when they leave us.

After the concert, the band was treated to a fantastic BBQ put on by Major Johnny Poff and the Fort Smith corps. We thank the corps and Majors Poff for their support and for making all of the arrangements for this concert. The band had a fantastic time ministering to the community and fellowshipping with the Fort Smith corps, and we look forward to our next visit!

Photo Credits: Crystal Mastandrea

Posted on May 16, 2017 .

TMI Applications Are Live!



Applications for TMI are now live! The Territorial Music Institute is an incredible opportunity for artists in the Salvation Army. The instruction is world class, the Bible studies are powerful, and the experience of being in the performing groups is profound. This year, we are excited to announce that our special guest is none other than Mr. Stephen Bulla! Mr. Bulla is the retired Staff Arranger to "The President's Own" United States Marine Band and Chamber Orchestra in Washington DC. He is a Salvationist, and has contributed a large volume of composed music to the Salvation Army. Please click the TMI logo for more information!

Posted on May 15, 2017 .

AOK Divisional Band - DArts and Fort Smith Concert

The Arkansas and Oklahoma Divisional Band will be playing a concert on May 13th in Fort Smith, AR at the Riverfront Pavilion! We are looking forward to playing and ministering in this beautiful setting. We invite everyone to come and join us! 

Please see the important information below:

Riverfront Park - Fort Smith, AR


  • May 12-13, 2017
  • Camp Heart O' Hills

AOK Divisional Band Concert

  • May 13, 2017
  • Riverfront Pavilion, FT. Smith, AR. - 100 N B St, Fort Smith, AR 72901
  • 1 PM - 2:30 PM
  • 3:15 PM - BBQ at the Ft. Smith Corps. - 301 N. 6th st. Fort Smith, AR 72901
  • Summer Uniform for Band

The Divisional Band will rehearse on Friday, May 12, 2017 from 8 PM to 11:00 PM in the conference center at camp (not the Lanier Rehearsal Room).  On Saturday, the band will rehearse from 8:15 AM to 9:45 AM.  We will load the truck and have a brunch at 10:15 AM.  We will need to leave for Ft. Smith at 11:00 AM.  Please come to the morning rehearsal in your summer uniform, ready to go.  Please plan on attending the BBQ fellowship, and you're welcome to leave from the Ft. Smith Corps afterwards.

Posted on April 26, 2017 .