The Corps Carol Service on 21 December saw the inauguration of our new Young People’s Band. Under the leadership of YP Band Leader Simon Hicks the band played two items, Wonderful Love by Derick Kane and an arrangement of Jingle Bells. Simon, ably assisted by David Buckle and Richard Hill, has arranged learners’ classes over the last year or so for the fourteen young players who make up the new band. We wish Simon and the band members well for their future music making together. Jonathan Cooke has been appointed as Band Secretary. We wish him well in this important role. We are also pleased to welcome Andrew Wright into the band. Andrew has transferred from Chelmsford and has joined the 1st cornet section.
We are pleased to announce the safe arrival of two new prospective band members. Jack William was born to Bandmaster Jonathan and Louisa Corry on 16 December, soon after the arrival of William John to Andrew and Trish Lofthouse. Babies, mothers and proud fathers are all doing well. Congratulations to all four new parents.
After ten year’s service, Stuart Horton has stepped down from the position of Band Secretary. The band is very grateful to Stuart for his hard work in this demanding role. The appointment of a new Band Secretary will be announced shortly. Ben Horton has left the band following a change in work circumstances. We wish Ben well for his future career.
Paul Williams has left the band to enter the Salvation Army Training College for Officers. We wish Paul well for his future service. Steve Molton has left the band having moved to Bury St Edmonds. We wish Steve well in his work as a music teacher in the East Suffolk area.
Congratulations to Jonathan Cooke on his marriage to Sarah Hynd on Saturday 1st March. The wedding was conducted by former Corps officer General Shaw Clifton (R) and members of the band provided music during the ceremony. We wish Jonathan and Sarah every blessing for their future life together.
Nathan Cole has left the band having moved to the Reading area.
James Williams 90th celebrations
On Saturday 1st February, the band celebrated the 90th birthday of revered Retired Bandmaster James Williams MBE with a dinner party for family, friends and invited guests. Tributes were presented in person by former Corps officer General Shaw Clifton (R), former bandmaster Lt-Col Ray Steadman-Allen (R), retired bandsman Peter Moore and Staff Bandmaster Dr Stephen Cobb.
Messages and good wishes were sent from all round the world including from former bandsmen Derryck Diffey in Canada, Martyn Evans, Phil Wilson and Kevin Dallas in Australia, Michael Parker in New Zealand and from New York Staff Bandmaster Ron Waiksnoris in the USA. All spoke warmly of Bandmaster Williams’ commitment, compassion and sterling Salvationism. A selection of photographs taken during the evening can be viewed in the Picture gallery.
On the following Sunday, General Clifton led the morning meeting at Enfield followed by a celebratory Songs of Praise featuring the band and other musical sections. Further tributes were received during the meeting and Bandmaster Corry expressed the desire of the current members of the band to continue the legacy set by Bandmaster Williams.
We are pleased to welcome Paul Williams back into the band. Paul returns to the solo cornet section now that his duties with the Band of Her Majesty’s Scots Guards allow.