17th May 1892 was the first time the Salvation Army band played public in Stavanger. H. A. Tandberg was responsible for the music. He obtained musicsheets from Oslo and they played mostly for the congregational singing.
When Captain Tandberg traveled from Stavanger in June 1892, the music stagnated a bit. In April 1894, Captain William Johnsen Farre came and an assistant and he had a turn on the horn music again, and after that the music village has been in constant activity.
During the First World War, the band went to the acquisition of new instruments. These were purchased from The Salvation Army’s own instrument factory in England. The band was one of the first to use English instruments here in Norway.
When the war came in 1940 it became difficult to hold regular bandpractices and the band was strugeling through these years.
In 1949 Eivind Vinje took over the leadership of the band. New instruments had to be purchased, but it was difficult to get from England. Therefore, a number of Norwegian instruments were manufactured by Tema.
In addition to the regular activities associated with the Salvation Army in Stavanger, the band regulary visits the nearby churches, and the band has been participating in the Norwegian Constitution Day parade which is 17th of May each year.
The band’s primary task has always been, and is to promote and convey the message of the Lord Jesus Christ through the music.
Overview of conductors who have led the band from the start and up to today:
- H. A. Tandberg 1892-1894
- William Johnsen Farre 1894
- Ole Karslen
- Peter Hovland
- Petter Karlsen
- Thomas Lode
- Harlad Bjørnsen 1924
- Sigurd Håland
- Eivind Vinje 1949 – 1965
- Hans Halvorsen 1965 – 1967
- Eivind Vinje 1967 – 1975
- Einar Rasmussen 1975 – 1976
- Eivind Vinje 1976 – 1980
- Audun Hansen
- Trond Reinertsen 1988 – 1996
- Brynjar Nilsen Meling 1996 – 1999
- Per-Erik Petersen 2000 –