Last Sunday night we were at Madison and Ogden on Chicago’s West Side for the Reunion Concert of TSA Madison St. It was a great time of seeing old friends and sharing music in the filled chapel of Chicago Temple Corps. Monica Washington, TSA’s director, organized the event; thank you, Monica!

The reunion celebrated 26 years of TSA’s continuous ministry as a gospel choir. Gail and I were there when the choir came into existence with a few teens during the 1980s. Those were the years of Michael Jordan, Mayor Harold Washington, the crack epidemic. Young people living in the CHA Henry Horner Homes. Gifted young people who endured very hard situations. Today, many of them now can sing “Well, my soul looks back and wonders how I got over”.

TSA? The Salvation Army.

A few photos taken by TSA drummer Patrick Simmons –

TSA Madison St singing at the Reunion Concert


One of the Temple Dancer groups led by Raven Temple, they were great!