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. Our recent events have taken place at St. Lawrence Church, Abbots Langley and Stotfold Salvation Army, where we played a variety of music to very welcoming audiences. Pieces included popular items such as ‘This is My Story’, ‘New York, New York’, ‘Arise My Soul, Arise’, and ‘Psalm of Thanks’, amongst many others.
LCFB at Croydon Salvation Army, September 2016: