The territorial Music Institute is one of the South’s traditions that stretches back 74 years to the first TMI. That first TMI must have been so different from this year’s amazing week of Salvation Army music and performing arts opportunities, in the comfort and beautiful surroundings of Camp Hoblitzelle in the Texas Division.
195 delegates both territory wide, and a sprinkling of overseas Salvationists attended. Ages started with several 14 years old delegates, and at least one Senior. All participated in daily rehearsals for brass, choral, dance and drama, while the record attendance of 37 delegates for the adult leadership tracks in these same disciplines dovetailed in participation all round. The weather was very kind (it even rained!) with mid eighties temperatures compared with 107 degrees almost every day a few years back! The vigorous schedule saw great fruition resulting in a pre concert evening just 5 days into the week, and a final concert three days later where every group raised the bar compared to previous TMI performance standards.
Of note was the visit of Ballet Magnificat, a professional dance troupe from Jackson, MS who captivated all who attended in a colorful rendering of “Deliver Us” from The Prince of Egypt. Sport & recreation encouraged divisions to compete on the soccer field and basketball court, while the pool offered relaxation and fun.
“We Believe” was the theme of TMI 2014 taking an in depth view of our eleven Doctrines as the foundation for our faith and service as Salvationists. This was established with the first of two Worship Services with the theme of “Guardrails” ably led by Lt. Colonels Donna & Kelly Igleheart (Program Secretaries); an evening concert by Transmission that featured its latest album “We Believe”; daily renderings of “Morning Manna” that were both led and effectively communicated by Captain Mike Harris (North & South Carolina Division), who also sensitively opened the Word at the final Worship Service.
In every worship experience, many delegates and staff knelt at the Mercy Seat in rededication.
Special guests were Songster Leader Dorothy Nancekeville (United Kingdom & Ireland Territory) where she is the leader of the International Staff Songsters, and Bandmaster Neil Smith, Territorial Music Secretary (USA Western Territory) where he leads the Western Territory Staff Band. Both were extremely effective in their communication of music performance and education, which included a lively piano duet and a vocal solo from Dorothy. They each especially exuded a positive Christian experience as they interacted with all gathered at TMI. Bandmaster Nick Simmons-Smith, Territorial Music Secretary confidently led the entire week with his dedicated and skillful staff, and was greatly assisted by the nine Divisional Music Directors and their staff.
Territorial Director of Communications
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