OOB 2015 preview
Colonels Munn to highlight camp meetings
A Salvationist gathering such as the Old Orchard Beach Camp Meetings (OOB) will be familiar ground for Tom Walker and his Gospel Train Big Band. They are scheduled this year to minister at the meetings.
Walker was born to Salvation Army parents in Columbus, Miss., and got his musical start in Army corps and camp programs. He is looking forward to bringing his band’s unique sound to OOB.
“If people liked the big bands of the ‘40s and ‘50s and ‘60s, that is the sound they’ll hear, mixed with some of the great hymns and tunes of the Church,” Walker said.
Tom Walker’s Gospel Train Big Band will be one of several musical groups at this year’s camp meetings, scheduled for July 25–31 in the beachfront community.
The guests for this year’s meetings will be Colonels Janet A. and Richard J. Munn, who are longtime Eastern Territory officers. Colonel Janet Munn is returning to the territory as principal of the College for Officer Training, while Colonel Richard Munn will serve at Territorial Headquarters as the secretary for Theology and Christian Ethics.
At OOB, the Colonels Munn will lead a daily Bible study at the corps. And each morning, Lieutenant Stephen Mayes, corps officer of the Stapleton Corps on Staten Island, N.Y., will be in charge of the beach Bible study.
Musical guests on the opening weekend will be the Greater New York Youth Band, Youth Chorus, Dance & Drama Team, and a massed choir from the Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers.
On Saturday, July 25, Colonel Janet Munn will speak at 7 p.m. Colonel Richard Munn will speak on Sunday at 10 a.m.
Lt. Colonel Guy D. Klemanski, commander of the Greater New York Division, will speak on Monday at 7 p.m.
Tuesday will feature Family Fun Night from 5:30–6:50 p.m. before the Colonels Munn take to the podium. Summer Brass will provide music.
Wednesday will spotlight Tom Walker’s Gospel Train Big Band at 7 p.m. Founded in January 2009, the 18–piece band shares the Gospel “through great hymns of the church in the exciting style of big band jazz,” according to the group’s Facebook page.
Walker said the band includes his wife, Marsha, a daughter of Salvation Army officers; his brother, Jim; and Broadway trumpeter Chris Jaudes.
“The reason we do what we do is to get people’s attention and to tell them about the love of Christ,” Walker said.
Walker is a member of The Salvation Army’s St. Louis Gateway Citadel Corps Band and teaches the adult Sunday school class.
The camp meetings will move to the Pier on Thursday at 7 p.m. The Pier Ministry team will share the Gospel each night through music, dance, acting, and testimonies.
Envoy Steve Bussey, who leads the Pier Ministry, said this year’s event will offer the talents of David Cain, a world–record juggler, as well as world–renowned guitarist Phil Keaggy.
The popular Christian singing group Point of Grace will close the camp meetings at 7 p.m. on Friday.
by Robert Mitchell