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Remembrance Sunday Photos

Former bandsman Lawrence Broom took these photos of SCB at the Remembrance Sunday Service in Sheffield city centre.

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Black Dyke Band returns to Sheffield

(Sheffield, 19 October 2015) Fresh on the heels of their success earlier this year at the European Brass Band Championships in Germany, Black Dyke Band will be returning to Sheffield.

Sheffield Citadel Salvation Army is pleased to announce they will once again be hosting Black Dyke Band at their church on Psalter Lane.  Keith Wileman, Sheffield Citadel Bandmaster, commented; “We have been privileged to host the band for the past 3 years and are delighted that they have agreed to join us again this month.  As one of the oldest and best-known brass bands in the world, with over 150 years of rich musical history, we know that this will be an excellent evening and one that all band enthusiasts will enjoy.”

The concert will take place on Thursday 22nd October at 7.30pm when the audience will be treated to an excellent evening of some of the finest brass band music.  Tickets are still available for the concert at just £10.00 each by contacting The Sheffield Salvation Army on 0114 266 8127 or by emailing


About Black Dyke Band
The Band has won many prizes and competitions over the years. In 2014 the Band won the National Brass Band Championship of Great Britain for a record 23rd time and the British Open Championship for another record 30th time. They have also won the European Championships a record twelve times, most recently in 2012

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is a worldwide Christian church and registered charity which is at work in 127 countries, demonstrating Christian principles through practical support; offering unconditional friendship, and very practical help to people of all ages, backgrounds and needs.


100 share in SCB’s Open Band Practice

A massed band of over 60 former and current bandsmen & friends, and an audience of some 40 people gathered together to share in this year’s annual SCB open practice.  As always the event was well attended & it was great to see so many people gather at The Citadel to share in what has traditionally become a great evening of music and fellowship.

The evening got off to a lively start with an old march requested by Dudley Hughes, “On to the War”, followed by a more modern piece in comparison, “On the Road” which was the choice of Alistair Mann.

During the evening the massed band played a diverse range of music all of which had been requested, under the leadership of current Bandmaster Keith Wileman and Deputy Bandmaster Roland Spencer, and former Bandmasters Ian Wileman and Roland Hill.  The varying range of music played meant that there was something to bring back memories for everyone.  The complete list of music played was:

On to the War
On the Road
By Love Compelled
Moments with Tschaikovsky
The Red Shield
Constant Trust
Ere the Sun goes down
Tune from Guardian of my Soul

After the rehearsal, a time of fellowship followed, where everyone was able to gather together to share in food & fellowship, to catch up with “old” friends, to reminisce and to talk about upcoming events which will be taking place.  It was great to see so many people attending and supporting the evening and to have the opportunity to share with so many former bandsmen and friends.

For those who missed out this year, don’t worry, there will be plenty of opportunities to join with SCB in the months to come as we will be celebrating our 135th Anniversary in 2016.  As well as a number of special events which will be taking place during the year, there will of course be another Open Practice next July. We hope to see you there!


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Kettering Band photos

This last weekend Kettering Citadel Band, under the leadership of Bandmaster Richard Phillips, visited Sheffield and we shared in a great weekend of music, ministry and fellowship with them.  A full report will follow soon, but in the meantime, check out these photos taken during the Saturday evening festival.

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Photos Copyright Gerald Brooks


Visit of Winton Bournemouth Band

As part of their 125th anniversary celebrations, Winton Band will be visiting Sheffield Citadel for the weekend, 10th & 11th March.  The Band will be presenting a festival of music of the Saturday evening and will be leading worship at The Citadel on the Sunday.

Why not come along & join us for what promises to be a great weekend of music, worship and fellowship with our friends from Bournemouth.

For more information, go to our Facebook Event Page.

We look forward to seeing you!


Alf’s Retirement Celebration

A capacity crowd filled Sheffield Citadel as the Band celebrated Alf Wileman’s 66years of Banding Service.  People travelled the length & breadth of the country to be there, such is the high level of regard of so many who have been encouraged and influenced by Alf particularly through his work with young people.  The congregation comprisedcurrent members of the Corps family, as well as a number of former Bandsmen and many of the “old” South Yorkshire division youth.

The evening commenced with the march Celebration – a fitting opener, during which former Bandsmen were invited to march into the hall behind the Band flag.  It was a tremendous sight and good to see so many people gathered together in recognition of all that Alf has done over the past 7 decades.

The evening was not just a celebration about Alf, but in this, the Band’s 130th anniversary year, it also celebrated the Band as a whole and the service of those who have gone before.  2 recent retirees from the Band: Roland Hill and Harold Fisher, were recognised for their services to Banding, having clocked up over 100 years between them.  Also, Barry Furmidge was enrolled as a Bandsman – Barry was taught to play many years ago by Alf and so it was fitting that he was commissioned into the Band as Alf retired.

Music during the evening had been chosen by Alf and included old favourite “Army of the Brave”, the classic “Constant Trust” and the contemporary “Glorifico Aeternum” which was enhanced with a helpful visual presentation and received rapturous applause from the congregation.

Alf’s youngest son, Andrew, presented the vocal solo “it’s been a wonderful day” and his daughter Hannah read a poem about Alf which she had written especially for the occasion.

Derick Kane was the guest soloist and conductor for the evening and he delighted the congregation with his renditions of “Bravura”, “Donegal Bay” and Alf’s request “Song of the Brother”.  Alf and Derick also blessedthe congregation with their sensitive playing of the euphonium duet “Brahms Lullaby”, bringing a tear to many eyes.

Messages had been received from around the world, from family, friends and former band colleagues, and a selection of these were presented during the evening: Maisie Wiggins congratulated Alf on his years of loyal service and added that his influence had been invaluable to so many people; Trombonist Nick Hudson, who was taught to play by Alf when he was a child, had many memories of time spent with Alf.  He spoke of the huge impact which Alf had had on his own life and added that no-one “deserves more recognition for their services to Salvation Army brass playing and services to young people.”

In his words of recognition to Alf, Bandmaster Keith Wileman told how he was privileged to represent all the Bandmasters under whom Alf has served over the many years and said how Alf’s playing has remained at a very high standard for all of those 66 years.  He added that Alf never complained and had never missed a beat on the march, no matter how far the Band was marching!

After receiving a standing ovation from the congregation, Alf, clearly moved, told how he has always had “a calling to be a Salvation Army Bandsman” and how he has strived to serve his Lord through his euphonium playing.  The influence he has had on so many people during that time cannot be measured but the love and appreciation for “the greatest Bandleader in the world” could clearly be seen in the faces of all those present.

More photos are available on our Facebook Group page


Melbourne Staff Band kicks off ISB120 celebrations in style

The Melbourne Staff Band got the start of the ISB120 celebrations off to a flying start at Sheffield Citadel on the 25th May.  Fresh from their arrival in the UK only the day before, the Band received a Civic Reception at Sheffield Town Hall where they were greeted by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, before taking part in an open air concert in the Sheffield Peace Gardens.  Many people sat & listened to the Band as they performed a varied programme of music and many contacts were made with the people of Sheffield.



In the evening the MSB presented the first festival of their UK tour to a capacity crowd at Sheffield Citadel, under the leadership of Bandmaster Ken Waterworth.  The Band’s music included: The Ellacombe Chronicles (James Curnow) – the inspiration behind the title of the Band’s new CD “Chronicles”; Atonement (Roger Trigg) – which incorporates Australian melodies alongside well-known hymns; I’m in His Hands (arr. Brian Hogg) – featuring the Band’s trombone section.  Excellent solo items were presented by Principal Euphonium player Jamie Smith and vocalist Rebecca Raymond.

The finale section of the programme consisted of a lively & captivating choreographed presentation of music and song which enthralled the audience, who were led to a standing ovation for the Band.  The Band’s energetic & entertaining rendition of the William Tell overture, followed by a benediction concluded the Band’s programme.

It was a fantastic evening of music, fellowship and worship and one which will certainly prove to be a lasting memory for many months and years to come.

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