In recent years, the fellowship band has become an increasingly popular form of Salvation Army ensemble. These groups take a variety of forms, including bands made up mostly of players who have retired from other bands, which is one of the most common. Other groups that might be considered fellowship ensembles are those where non-Salvationists are invited, but the group is still sponsored by the Salvation Army. One such group is Vintage Brass, sponsored by the Long Beach Citadel corps in California. Because most fellowship bands have a less formal structure and less demanding schedule than regular Salvation Army bands, they are sometimes seen as casual or lesser ensembles. However, many fellowship groups are excellent musically and rival some of the top standing ensembles in the quality of their performance. A second fellowship band is the Asbury University Salvation Army Student Fellowship (SASF) Brass Band, located at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky. The band is made up of students from Asbury University, Asbury Theological Seminary and the nearby University of Kentucky. This band, officially chartered by US National Headquarters, has been around for many years, and continues to have a vital part in the Salvation Army's ministry in the Central Kentucky area, and frequently tours throughout the Central, Southern, and Eastern US Territories and Canada.
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