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The International Staff Band of the Salvation Army performs two free concerts Thursday in Sacramento. The first was on the West Capitol steps at noon.

Bandmaster Stephen Cobb directs the 32-member band as they played at the Capitol today.

The main concert is tonight at the Sacramento Community Center Theater.

Though it is a free performance, those in attendance can voluntarily help to donate monetarily toward The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services. The fund will help support the relief efforts in Haiti, Chile and any other disaster situation in the future.

Local Salvation Army resources, including the homeless shelter on B Street, are strained because of the area’s tough economy, said Derek Helms, divisional music director for Northern California and Nevada.

"Even though the economy is down, people needing assistance is up," Helms said. "And the community has really stepped up to help us out."

The main concert Thursday night is a thank-you show, Helms said.

It’s been 11 years since the band, homebased in London, have toured the west coast of America.


The west side of the Capitol is reflected in the baritones.

For more information about the International Staff Band, visit www.theisb.com

SacPress Photos | Kati Garner



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