malcolm clapp Posted December 27, 2003 Share Posted December 27, 2003 I have in my possession some photographs of UK Salvation Army concertina bands. There are ten jpgs in a file approx 1.4M and I am happy to send them to anybody interested by email. (Sorry, my computer knowledge (lack thereof!) will not let me use all the wonderful tools like compression/zips etc and I do not want to put them up on a web site because of potential copyright problems I have been warned about). Just a little bit of history.... The first Salvation Army Concertina Band was formed in Bristol, England, in 1882, and continued until November 1971. At the time it disbanded, there were only two other bands in existance, being Plymouth Congress Hall (formed 1892) and Doncaster Citadel (formed 1917). I have heard reports of Salvationist concertina bands in the Sheffield area and in Dumfries (Scotland), though I know nothing of these, and also at Weston-Super-Mare (Somerset), which disbanded in the late 1940s. The Bristol Citadel Band had four concertina-band leaders over its period of existance. These were all men, as were their accompanying drummers, though the concertina players appeared to be entirely drawn from the ladies ranks. Early Bristol instrument type is not known, but in 1920 they acquired a new set of identical instruments, stamped Ball Beavon, metal ended 31 bone button anglos in Bb/F, steel reeded in very high old pitch, and these were used up until the band was decommissioned, at which point the four remaining members were allowed to keep a concertina each. The remainder were apparently returned to Headquarters. Doncaster Band apparently played only English system, while Plymouth had most systems represented. Weston-Super-Mare Band played Bb/F anglos similar to the Bristol band instruments. The photographs are as follows: Bristol Citadel Band 23rd April 1967 Plymouth Congress Hall Band 23rd April 1967 Doncaster Citadel Band 23rd April 1967 All three bands together 23rd April 1967 (these taken at a Three Band Weekend in Bristol) Bristol Citadel Band 1960 Bristol Citadel Band c1938 Bristol Citadel Band c1923 (two photos) Weston-Super-Mare Band c1922 Weston-Super-Mare Band c1932 If any one else has done any research into Salvation Army concertina bands, please share through this group, or contact me direct..... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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