The brass band news web site 4barsrest.com has reported that Lieutenant-Colonel (R) Ray Bowes was promoted to Glory on Saturday, 13 February 2010. He had been taken to hospital on Thursday after sustaining a fall. Complications set in and he passed away peacefully at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Bowes was a part of the “golden age” of Salvation Army music. He was a member of the International Staff Band for 42 years. As a player in the ISB he was a member of the solo cornet section and also played flügelhorn. He also served as the Bandmaster of the ISB for several years, and was the bandmaster of the Harlesden Corps band for many years.
Bowes was also a noted Salvationist composer, contributing many items to the Band Journals and other publications throughout the years.