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Tribute: Ken Mountain

Ken was born in December 1920 and would have celebrated his 100th birthday this December. In recent months Ken was well looked after by John and his family; Ken was married to Carol, John’s mum.

Ken loved his music and when he came to our house for his Sunday lunch, Ken would always bring different records and conduct to them whilst lunch was being served and eaten.  He was  quick to give advice about the speeds and dynamics of music, particularly when the Band was rehearsing music that Ken was familiar with.

When Norman Short retired as Sheffield Citadel Bandmaster, he eventually took responsibility for the Divisional Fellowship Band, and this was just the boost Ken needed at that time. Bandmaster Norman was brilliant with Ken, taking him to rehearsals and festivals, and then later going to collect Ken and take him to the Sunday morning meeting at The Citadel.

Ken finished his banding career as a second trombone player but his main love was the extensive time when he was the Citadel Band’s bass trombone player.  As Ken often said, “Yer can’t beat G trom.  Best instrument in the band.”  You could certainly hear Ken.  It became obvious to a young bandsman such as myself who sat and marched next to Ken, how much he enjoyed his service in the Citadel Band as the “Bass trom” player.  Ken’s brother Wilf was a very fine euphonium player, moving to Canada, doing a lot of solo work, and becoming the corps bandmaster at Hamilton.  Ken was very proud of Wilf.

Ken loved to march, especially when the band was playing 6/8 marches, and he was in his own little world when marching from Fitzalan Square to the old Citadel on Cross Burgess Street.  The pride he had in playing his part well, and loudly, was evident, and he would frequently give advice about how 6/8 marches should be played on “The March”.  Ken had been a soldier in the regular Army and brought his love of marching with him when he returned to civilian life.

There are many stories one could recount when thinking of Ken but my remaining memory of him will be in the high standards he set himself, and expected of other people.  One of his favourite congregational songs was “What a Friend We Have In Jesus”.  He knew his Saviour well and was proud to serve his Lord, as a Citadel bandsman.

It was a pleasure to sit beside Ken when I joined the band; a tremendous character, he provided many humorous moments, but above all, he clearly was a bandsman for the best of reasons: he was playing for the Lord he knew and was delighted to serve.

Ian Wileman


Remembrance Sunday 2017

We were honoured and privileged to be able to take part in the Remembrance Sunday Service in Sheffield this year.  Here are some photos which Lawrence Broom captured on the day.

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SCB at the Cenotaph in Sheffield

Posted by Sheffield Citadel Band on Monday, November 13, 2017


New Bandsman

SCB are delighted to welcome Stuart Chapman back into the Band where he will be taking his place on the bass section.  We look forward to sharing with him in worship, fellowship and music in the days ahead.


SCB play at opening of Barton-upon-Humber new hall

SCB was pleased to be invited to take part in the first festival at Barton-upon-Humber after the official opening of their new Corps building by the TC, Commissioner Clive Adams.  It was a great evening of praise and fellowship and the Band enjoyed sharing with our friends in East Yorkshire.  Here are some photos taken during the evening by Lawrence Broom.

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Proms Celebration

Celebrate the Last Night of the Proms at The Citadel and share in a free evening of music.


Open Band Practice, July 2017

We had a great evening again at this year’s Open Band Practice when approximately 60 players shared in music making together and another 30 people joined us & listened.  All the items we played had been requested and so there there was a wide range of music from the more modern Glorifico Aternum to the classic Divine Communion.  As is usual in all of our programmes, we ended the evening with our signature march, Sheffield Citadel by former Bandmaster Herbert Mountain, which sent everyone home with their feet tapping.  It was good to catch up with old friends and to welcome new friends into our fellowship as well and we trust that everyone who attended was blessed being there.

Here are a selection of photos which Lawrence Broom took during the evening.

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The play list for the evening was as follows:
Spirit of Praise
They shall come from the East
Divine Communion
Glorifico Aternum
St Clements
Fighting for the Lord
In the love of Jesus
Procession to covenant
Sheffield Citadel.


Nether Edge Farmers’ Market

SCB regularly attend both the Nether Edge and Sharrowvale Farmers’ Markets in Sheffield where we are able to present our message within our local community.  Here are some photos of the Band last month – thanks to Lawrence Broom for taking them.

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SCB are sad to say farewell to Major Kenny Gardner as he and his wife Major Alison, move to Grimsby this week to take responsibility for the Corps there.

We’ve enjoyed sharing in fellowship with Major Kenny these past couple of years and have appreciated his service through his banding – the trombone section won’t sound quite the same without him.  We will miss his contribution to our fellowship but wish him well as he moves on to new avenues of service, and hope to see him at Band practice on occasion in the future.


Thank you & Happy New Year

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