On Sunday, 20 November 2005, at the Middle River Corps in Baltimore, Maryland, the Baltimore Brass Band of the Salvation Army presented its Fall Festival of Praise. The concert was enjoyed by the audience who listened appreciatively to the band, directed by Bandmaster Melinda Ryan. This was her second concert with the group since moving…
On Friday, 18 November 2005, the South London Fellowship Band, under the direction of Major George Whittingham, held a concert in the Upper Norwood corps hall, for the benefit of Cancer Research UK. The concert also featured the Bromley Temple Songsters with soloist Mark Norwood, and euphonium virtuoso Derick Kane who was joined by his son, Stephen Kane for some duet items.
The Derby Central Band of the Salvation Army (Bandmaster Alan Losh) visited Harpenden on Sunday, 13 November 2005 for a festival concert.
Steve Sykes, one of the best-known tuba soloists in the brass band world, joind with the Enfield Citadel Band (Bandmaster Andrew Blyth) on Saturday, 12 November 2005, in the William Booth Memorial Halls, Nottingham, for a festival concert.
On Friday, 11 November 2005, the Troops gathered at the Reading Central corps hall for a concert celebrating the 20th anniversary of the “new” band.
The Salvation Army in Ottawa, national capital of Canada, celebrated 120 years of service in the city in 2005. Part of the observance of this anniversary was a weekend visit from the Canadian Staff Band (Bandmaster Kevin Hayward), which took place 5 – 6 November 2005.
The London Citadel Band (Bandmaster John Lam) of the Salvation Army (Canada) has released a new disc of Christmas music, featuring trombone soloist Andrew Poirier.
The Salvation Army hall in Gravesend was reopened on Friday, 4 November 2005, following a renovation. The occasion was marked with a musical festival by the South London Fellowship Band (conducted by Major George Whittingham)
The New York Staff Band had a busy but successful weekend in Northeast Ohio on 28 – 30 October 2005. Despite some potentially serious issues, including having three different fill-in players on solo horn and the illness of the bandmaster, it was described as “one of the most rewarding trips in this decade.”
The Amsterdam Staff Band of the Salvation Army has announced the appointment of Thijs Musch as Bandmaster, effective 1 January 2006.