Retired Bandmaster John G. “Jack” Gibson of Norwich Citadel Band was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours for 2014, for “Services to Music through the Salvation Army”. The honour recognizes Gibson’s considerable talents and achievements in music, particularly with the Norwich Citadel Band, which he led for 37 years (1949 – 1986), assuming the position at the young age of 27.
During Gibson’s leadership, the band was privileged to give three performances at the Royal Albert Hall in London and another at Queen Elizabeth Hall. He led international tours to the Netherlands (1959), Sweden (1971) and Canada and the United States (1985), in addition to numerous recordings, television appearances and radio broadcasts.
In his working life, Gibson was Head of Brass for Norfolk Education and was a well-known figure in the Norfolk musical scene, conducting the Norfolk Symphonic Wind Band.