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Nias Visit 2011

One of the main aims of BBJ is to bring Salvation Army music to the more remote parts of Indonesia rarely visited by foreign Christian musicians, especially Salvation Army bands. Thus it was that in July 2011 BBJ began its second tour of Nias. The first such tour was in 2004. Nias is a poverty stricken island off the west coast of North Sumatra where many band members have relatives.



Palu Congress 2008

From July 16-19 2009 the Medan Band (officially Brass Band Jenderal - BBJ) travelled to Palu in Central Sulawesi to attend the celebrations for the Salvation Army's 115th anniversary in Indonesia. Band members flew from Medan to Jakarta and then boarded a connecting flight to Palu. Both trips took about 2 hours each.

 

 

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Malaysia/Singapore Tour (November 2005)

I did not have enough money for airline tickets, so this tour began with band members boarding a ferry at North Sumarta's main port of Belawan. The trip to the Malaysian Island of Penang took about 7 hours. From there I arranged for a bus to take the band across the Penang bridge and then south through Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, Malacca and then on to Singapore.

 

 

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Nias Visit 2004

In November 2004, the band went to Nias for the first time. Nias is a poor island off the West coast of Sumatra, where about half of the boys in the home have relatives.

 

 

 

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