In 1888 Captain Margaret Berry formed the first Band under the leadership of Bandmaster Reuben Dennis. Over its 125 years of consistent service the Band has had 14 different leaders. The Band has toured England extensively conducting weekend ministry at other Salvation Army locations. Highlights include an Easter campaign to Vlaardingen, Holland in 1997 and one to Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1994.
The current Band numbers 31 strong, men and women representing a broad span of ages as well as backgrounds, professions and personalities. Amongst the band you will find those involved in accounting, banking, computing, public services, the police, insurance, engineering and plumbing plus many more occupations including those who have entered the retirement profession!
The Band is involved in the full range of corps activity and is proud that its members can be found in positions of leadership in other sections and activities within the corps. It has been, and continues to be, at the forefront of new ventures and activities within the corps. The Band also conducts regular services and concerts in the city and its surrounds assisting others with fund raising etc. It is in particular demand over the Christmas period when it is responsible for spreading the message from small groups of listeners to thousands in the Cathedral on Christmas Eve, a highlight for all.
The current leader, appointed on 11 May 2014, is Bandmaster Andrew Blyth. He replaced David Craik who following a second spell of leadership served a total of 22 years.
See the Band on Youtube Here - The Lord Is Gracious
See Photos Here - Midsummer Ball Charity Event