Norwich Mourns Midgley

The Norwich Citadel Band was saddened to announce that Bandsman Brian Midgley was promoted to Glory on 4 September 2013. Midgley moved to Norwich with his family in 1983. At the time, he was already recognized as one of the Salvation Army’s finest trombonists, and brought not only his “star quality” playing to Norwich Citadel Band, but also his vibrant faith and total commitment to the ministry of the band.

As a soloist, Midgley could – and frequently did – “wow” audiences with the style and charisma of his playing, particularly with Bandmaster Gibson’s arrangement of Monti’s Czardas. As a bandsman, he was immaculate in appearance and totally committed in everything he did. In the words of former bandmaster Robert Munn, Midgley was “... utterly reliable in every way and a joy to be with.” He is remembered as a truly gentle man and a wonderful example of a sincere Christian, expressing his love for God through the talent with which he had been blessed. He was devoted to his family, encouraging and supportive of others and never critical, positive in outlook and always ready to witness to his faith.

When a period of poor health forced him to transfer to the Band Reserve, he continued to support the band and those in it. When a gap appeared in the trombone (and even once on baritone) section from time to time he would happily offer to step in with his usual 100% commitment. For the last 12 months or so, his influence was again present in the Norwich Citadel Band, as he took his seat in the trombone section with the same complete reliability.

A final word belongs to the principal trombonist of the International Staff Band, Andrew Justice, who observed that “... the Salvation Army has lost three great trombonists in the past year: John Cobb, Bob Merritt and now Brian have gone to join the greatest trombone section there is.”

Norwich Citadel Band web site, original by Michael Whybrow