Photos: Kristin Ostensen
Chloe Elliott is learning to play cornet at the Peterview Corps beginner’s band
A New Song
A beginner’s band brings the next generation to Peterview Corps, N.L.
s a small town of just 800 people, Peterview, N.L., did not have much in the way of musical programming for children. Until they reached high school, most children would not have any opportunity to learn a brass instrument or play in a band. Seeing a chance to fill a need and reach out to the community, Captain Duane Colbourne, corps officer, and band member Rodey Burt developed a plan and the Peterview Corps beginner’s band was born. First Things First The beginner’s band, which launched 18 • September 2014 • Salvationist
BY KRISTIN OSTENSEN, STAFF WRITER in October 2013, meets on Tuesday evenings and brings together about 15 children aged seven to 13. The band includes a mix of cornets, horns, baritones and tubas, as well as percussion, and they hope to add bells this year. The corps received start-up funds from the Territorial Mission Focus Fund, which enabled them to purchase instruments so that every child who wanted to participate in the program would be able to do so. Captain Colbourne and Burt, who leads the band, hope to expand the band this year, building on previous successes with children in the community. When the corps held a rally day after Captain
Colbourne and his wife, Captain Doreen Colbourne, were appointed to Peterview in 2011, 150 children came. “We’re still only scratching the surface of what’s out there,” Captain Duane Colbourne says. “We see a lot of children in the community who are unchurched, so there’s a lot of potential.” The corps also has a successful Pioneers program, which brings around 45 children to the corps on Monday evenings. It was through Pioneers and past experience with the church’s Sunday school that Chloe Elliott joined the band. “I like music and I really want to learn how to play different instruments,” says nine-year-old Chloe, who plays