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‘The M–Band’ to perform at OOB

Joining Commissioners Dick and Vibeke Krommenhoek, leaders of the Norway, Iceland, & the Faroes Territory at the Old Orchard Beach camp meetings (July 26–Aug. 1) will be Mannssambandet, the Salvation Army’s male vocal group from Norway.

“The M–Band,” as the group is also known, will perform the opening weekend along with the Montclair, N.J., Citadel Band, the Eastern Territorial Songsters, and the ARC Chorus.

“We are really looking forward to [being] a part of OOB, and feel very honored about that,” Thor Fjellvang, the band’s leader, told Good News!

Fjellvang said people can expect a pretty eclectic mix of music from the band.

“We like to play different kinds of music, but it’s probably natural to call it pop music, mixed with Gospel, rock, and ballads,” he said.

“We like to play different kinds of music, but it’s probably natural to call it pop music, mixed with Gospel, rock, and ballads,”

“The most important thing for us is to share all the good things God has done for us, and to give Him thanks for all His blessings to us.”

Fjellvang said that, last year, The M–Band visited Florida, New Jersey, and New York.

According to the band’s promotional materials, the M–Band is one of Norway’s most profiled Christian groups and has recorded nine CDs. The band members come from various corps in Norway, and the group has performed in Great Britain, South Africa, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, and throughout Europe.

The M–Band was originally created in 1995 for a full day of fund–raising for the Army on national TV in Norway. “Since then, they have pleased different kinds of audiences with their mixed styles of music,” said a promotional release.

The M–Band won’t be the only guest musicians at OOB. Point of Grace, a popular Christian singing group, will perform in concert at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 28, accompanied by the Montclair Citadel Band, and the meetings will close on Friday, Aug. 1, with a concert by Laura Story, a contemporary Christian singer.

The Krommenhoeks will speak again on Tuesday, July 29, and will be joined by Crossfire Brass, delegates to the LEAD conference, and the Hands on Mission teams, who will be sharing testimonies from their time in India and Zimbabwe.

Wednesday, July 30, will feature the Creative Arts Services Team (CAST) performing “Honk!”

On Thursday, July 31, The Salvation Army will move all festivities to the Pier and feature Crossfire Brass, territorial evangelists Captains Angelo and Virginia Bermeo, actors, singers, illusionists, and Salvationists offering testimonies.

by Robert Mitchell

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