Many members of the brass band community will be familiar with Lt.-Colonel Michael Williams, who is the bandmaster of the Upper Norwood Band.
Williams has been the bandmaster at Upper Norwood since 2004 and a member of the band since 1979. He is a product of the Bristol Easton Corps, and was, for ten years, a member of the International Staff Band. He also served as the Secretary of the ISB. During his time in the Staff Band, Williams participated in many recordings and undertook a number of international tours. One of his appointments as a Salvation Army officer was and Director of Salvationist Publishing & Supplies, which has responsibility for many of the Salvation Army music publications.
In July 2009, Williams suffered a serious stroke and since has undergone a long period of therapy and convalescence. It is with great joy that the Upper Norwood Band announces that after a year he has recovered sufficiently to resume conducting the band and take up some of his band leadership duties.
A photograph taken recently of Williams conducting the Upper Norwood Band can be seen on the band’s web site, where there is also an opportunity to send greetings by posting comments.
Submitted by Peter Gibbons