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Performance at Sun Plaza

On Indonesia's Independence Days, August 17, 2014 BBJ gave a special performance at Medan's Sun Plaza.

North Sumatra Music Camp

BBJ members attended a special music camp in Brastagi organised by the Salvation Army's North Sumatra division from July 29 to August 3. Apart from more than 50 brass players, there were also 20 choir members and about 10 others learning to play the timbrel.

BBJ Cirebon tour

In December 2013 BBJ travelled to Cirebon in Java to participate in the celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the Salvation Army's work in the city. 

BBJ sends band trainer to Bekasi

BBJ sent band trainer Ganda Sinaga to Bekasi corps to help establish a Salvation Army band in this satellite city of Jakarta in early December 2013. The move came only a few months after BBJ sent two band trainers to Surabaya in July 2013. 

Second hand instruments were provided from Singapore on loan. Should the project be successful, these will then be donated. 

BBJ tuba player Lasnointer Marbun is already in the process of establishing an SA band in Yogyakarta. Read about it here.  

Music Exams

Special auditions were held on Feb 1,2 & 3 2013 for members of the beginners band and the senior band. BBJ beginners band members were tested for  entry into the junior band, while junior band members were hoping to gain entry into the senior band. Each candidate had to pass a theory and practical test.

Of the 12 beginners band members, all but one was promoted. 14 out of 17 junior band members also made it into the senior band. Supplementary tests will be held in May for those who did not make the grade.

Newly promoted junior and senior band members got their membership badges at a special ceremony during the church service on March 3, 2013.

William Booth SA Boys' Home

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  • The Medan band (BBJ) is a brass band based on a Boys Home run by the Salvation Army in Medan (North Sumatra, Indonesia). I founded this band back in 1987 and it is still functioning. Currently (August 2012) there are about 24 active members. Read More

Salvation Army band in Yogya

Yogya Band


Yogyakarta (Yogya), long renowned as a centre of classical Javanese fine art and culture, now has a Salvation Army band!

The 13-member ensemble is being taught by BBJ tuba player Lasnointer Marbun.

Read more: Salvation Army band in Yogya

So Near Yet So Far

Talented BBJ tuba player Lasnointer Marbun wanted badly to study music in Singapore, a relatively expensive proposition. But in the end, it was English, not money, that stood in his way.

This article was published in the Singapore Straits Times on August 6, 2011.

Read more: So Near Yet So Far

New Junior Band Members

Two young boys - 12-year-old Andreas and 11-year-old Maijen - have become the latest members of BBJ's junior band.

Read more: New Junior Band Members

Junior Band Reformed!

In early July 2011, 17 learners were accepted into BBJ's newly reconstituted junior band after they passed an internal examination.

Read more: Junior Band Reformed!

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