Archive for March, 2011


Farewell to Major Geoff Rowney

SCB has bid farewell to Bandsmen Major Geoff Rowney who has left Sheffield to continue his retirement on the south coast in Poole.  A former Corps officer, Major Geoff has played an active part in the Band since his retirement back to Sheffield a few years ago and has strengthened our trombone section.

We thank Major for his support of SCB during his years as our Commanding Officer and for his contribution and commitment to the Band over the past few years.  We wish him a long and happy retirement in Poole and in his service at the Winton Corps.


SCB on the march in Sheffield

During a recent Sunday march along Psalter Lane, Sheffield to our open air meeting, a member of the public took some photos of SCB:


Croydon Citadel Band visit Sheffield Citadel

(report by Pete Longbottom)
CROYDON CITADEL BAND marched into the hall to a warm Yorkshire welcome.

Music from the pen of Wilfred Heaton PRAISE and FAITHFUL GOD arr Dean Jones introduced the band to the congregation.  Further items included (Cornet solo BEFORE THE CROSS) Carl Nielson, (Cornet duet QUICKSILVER Carl Nielson, Darrell Scholles,) Piano Solo Matt Ingram his own arrangement of two gospel songs, Matt is a student and worships at the Citadel.  The trumpet and flugel solo BLESSED ASSURANCE was presented by Kevin Coates. 

Three young people were welcomed by the congregation John Nkounkou, Ryan Coates, were away on their first weekend away with the band.  Also Alice Gilbert who was to become enrolled as a Senior Soldier the following weekend at Croydon indeed a memorable moment for  each of them.

A feast of music with something for everyone included CITY OF GOD, DEEP RIVER, CRISTO REDENTOR, and the classic piece My Comfort and Strength Brian Bowen.

Sunday the Commissioner again challenged all ages with real life situations of God’s love, and compared the Fathers love of the Prodigal son to God’s love for each one of us. Music from the home Y/P Sections and Songsters enhanced the worship.

The bands contributions to the final meeting of the day included MY HEARTS DESIRE, Cornet solo THIS IS MY STORY Darrell Scholes. Announcing the next item B/Master Mark Ingram invited Damian Wileman to conduct his arrangement of LORD OF ALL.

Verses from ROMANS 8 (V31 to 39) led into the bands excellent rendition of ROMANS 8 Ray Steadman-Allen.

The Commissioners final words of the day left us no doubt of God’s love to each one of us, and music from the band I’M IN HIS HANDS Arr Dorothy Gates reassured us of that fact.

To conclude a weekend of prayer fellowship and worship through music two pieces of music. The festival march CELEBRATION Leslie Condon to inspire us, and ST CLEMENTS arr James Wright to send us home in reflective mood.


SCB play at Weston Park Museum

A group of senior and junior bandsmen from Sheffield Citadel was invited to play at the city’s Weston Park Museum as part of the Sheffield Sunday School Union’s 200th anniversary celebrations.  The Union was set up in 1812 with the aim of teaching the truths of the Christian gospel, through the reading and studying of the Bible.  Hymn writer and social activist James Montgomery was one of the founding members and he remained a prominent leader in their activities, indeed the Council’s headquarters and several streets & community areas within Sheffield are named after him.  A display covering the history of churches and Sunday Schools and their impact on the social history of Sheffield has been commissioned at the Museum and the Band was invited to take part in the official opening of this event where over 100 visitors to the museum were able to listen to the Band playing music associated with James Montgomery’s songs.

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