Concert to kick off kettle effort

By Lynn R. Parks

To kick off its annual fund drive, the Salvation Army in Sussex County will sponsor the Pendel Brass, Singers and Timbrelists in concert. While admission is free, the performance is intended to draw attention to the Salvation Army and to its needs not only of contributions during the Christmas season but also of volunteers to ring bells next to its familiar red collection kettles.

Taking part in the concert will be Debbie and Chas Engel, coordinators of the two Salvation Army sites in Sussex County. They both are members of the band; Debbie, who has a degree in music education from the University of Delaware, played French horn in the Delaware Symphony Orchestra for 24 years and served as the orchestra's executive director. She plays the alto horn with the Pendel Brass.

Her husband, whose family has been involved in the Salvation Army for four generations, learned to play the trombone through music lessons offered by the Salvation Army.

The Pendel Brass is made up of 40 musicians from eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware. The musicians sing and play brass instruments as well as tambourines. The band plays a varied repertoire, including marches, hymns and classical transcriptions. The Seaford concert will feature Christmas music and will include a carol sing-along, Debbie Engel said.

The concert, set for Nov. 13 at St. John's United Methodist Church in Seaford, will include testimonies from members, or "soldiers," of the Salvation Army. In Seaford, the Army's church is on U.S. 13, next to the Food Lion. Children as young as 7 can join the church as junior soldiers. More about this concert next week.

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