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135th Anniversary Band Reunion

Sheffield Citadel Band’s 135th Anniversary Reunion weekend got off to a rousing start with Kevin Larsson’s “As We March” before Bandmaster Keith Wileman invited former members of the Band to come forward where they were welcomed & thanked for their service within the Band, before many of them then took their places in the massed Band of 60 musicians to play their part once again.

Former bandsmen had travelled from as far afield as Mexico, Holland & Northern Ireland, as well as the length & breadth of the UK to share in a weekend of fellowship, music & memories under the leadership of Lt Col Trevor Davis.  The day had commenced with a time of fellowship & renewing acquaintances, before an afternoon rehearsal and celebration tea.  For some it was the first time that they had returned to the Corps in many years and so it was a great opportunity to share in this time together.

During the evening former Sheffield Citadel bandmasters each took their place at the front of the Band to conduct pieces selected because of their particular relevance.  Brian Towse was the first to lead the Band in the appropriately entitled Leslie Condon march “Celebration”, during which Bandmaster Towse invited the 200 strong congregation to join in singing “Keep the Old Flag Flying” which was greeted with much enthusiasm by all.  Bandmaster Norman Short then led the Band in the playing of the classic Dean Goffin meditation “The Light of the World”.  Ian Wileman, who served twice as Bandmaster, most recently until 2001, conducted the Band in the popular festival arrangement “Daniel” (Gott) and Bandmaster Roland Hill led the Band through the reflective selection “By Love Compelled”.  Other Band pieces included during the evening were Leslie Condon’s “Call of the Righteous” and William Himes’ meditation “The Blessing” following which the Lt Col spoke about Paul talking to the church at Philippi about the importance of now and how, although reunions and nostalgia are great, the most important thing is where we are in our journeys today and who we are today.

The evening also included vocal items: “This Little Light” presented by the massed band and 2 vocal solos “A Different Man” sung by Leslie West and the aptly entitled “It’s been a Wonderful Day” – a true reflection of the whole weekend – which was sung by Andrew Wileman.  The festival concluded with the Band’s signature march “Sheffield Citadel” written by the late Bandmaster Herbert Mountain.

On Sunday Lt Col Davis led worship at the Corps and focused on ‘Moving For Christ’ and ‘Standing For Christ’, the Band’s theme for this its 135th Anniversary year.  His message was direct and simple and the congregation was both challenged and blessed by his ministry and leadership.

For those who were unable to share in the celebratory weekend, the festival and Sunday meetings are available to watch online on the Sheffield Citadel Livestream webpage.

Click here for photos taken during the weekend

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