The Band

The Band

The London Central Fellowship Band is a group of Christian, mostly Salvationist, musicians from around the London area. The band sees itself as an encourager within both The Salvation Army and the wider Christian Church. It prays that its music  will bringing  encouragement and joy to those to whom it  performs.

Roland Cobb, legendary past member of The Salvation Army’s International Staff Band and The Regimental Band of H.M. Welsh Guards, formed the band in 1997. The band soon established itself and just over a year after its formation was invited to perform at the Brass Arts Festival at London’s Regent Hall, along with cornet virtuoso James Shepherd. The debut performance led to later invitations to the annual festival alongside such luminaries as Maurice Murphy and Don Lusher. In 2002 the band was honoured to play at Lambeth Palace in the presence of the then Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey.

Subsequent leadership from Don Jenkins and David Daws has seen the band consolidate its reputation, playing at venues including Birmingham Symphony Hall, The Metropolitan Police College, a tour of the Netherlands and in 2012, as guests of the Sydenham Salvation Army Corps in Belfast.

The launch of the Bandology CD in 2011 was successful with selected tracks being featured by various UK radio stations including Radio 2’s “Listen to the Band” programme.

Under the direction of Julian Bright the Abundance CD was launched in 2014 and the year closed with a successful and warmly received visit to The Salvation Army in Stockholm, Sweden.

The band is continuing to make excellent progress under the direction of David Rudd who was appointed leader in September 2015. David is a very experienced and talented bandmaster who is having a great impact on the band. We are in the midst of an exciting programme of events during 2017, including performing in the grounds of Windsor Castle (July), a trip to Sweden (September), St. George’s School, Harpenden, the Bedfordshire village of Eaton Bray (October)  and others.

Come and hear the band for an entertaining evening containing a wide variety of musical styles at venues within the home counties and occasionally further afield.

LCFB at Croydon Salvation Army, September 2016: