New Leadership for National Capital Band

Duncan Sutton has been named as the fifteenth Bandmaster of the National Capital Band of the Salvation Army, based in Washington, DC. He succeeds Bandmaster Ian Anderson, who took the baton in September of 2002. Bandmaster Sutton will commence leadership of the group following the band’s weekend trip to Lynchburg, Virginia, February 22 – 23, 2003.

Bandmaster Sutton assumed the position of Divisional Music Director in the National Capital and Virginia Division in late November, 2002. Originally from England, he had previously been employed as the manager of the Conference Center at the Salvation Army’s Crestmont College in the USA Western Territory.

The National Capital Band of the Salvation Army is based at the headquarters of the National Capital & Virginia Division in Washington, DC. The band has been operating continuously since 1925, and is considered one of the premier Salvation Army bands in the United States. The band has travelled throughout the United States and Canada, and has toured in Jamaica (1974), Australia and New Zealand (1989), Scandinavia and Estonia (1991), and Russia (1994).

Bandmasters of the National Capital Band
Erik Leidzén, Band Instructor, 1925 – 1930
Walter Needham, 1926 – 1930
Albert Baldwin, 1930 – 1938
Walter Swyers, 1938 – 1940
Leslie Hall, 1940 – 1947
John D. Needham, 1947 – 1949
Alfred Osborne, 1949 – 1952
Ernest W. Holz, 1952 – 1957
William R. H. Goodier, 1957 – 1959
Charles Shoultz, 1959 – 1960
A. Campbell Robinson, 1960 – 1983
Stephen Bulla, 1983 – 1998
Lars-Otto Ljungholm, 1998 – 2002
Ian Anderson, 2002 – 2003
Duncan Sutton, 2003 –

Source: Brass Crest Staff Report