Gloucester Salvation Army Band

Imagine the scene... A public fair is taking place with many people flocking to enjoy the spectacle and the worldly entertainment offered at that fair. The local Salvation Army Hall stands just a stone’s throw away and the members see an opportunity to be seen and to spread the gospel. With no other means at their disposal they take up whistles and march through the streets of Gloucester to provide a counter attraction that could lead to the saving of souls.

A little far fetched? Well maybe in today’s society, but this was the very event that started the activities of the Salvation Army Band in Gloucester way back in 1880. Since that time the whistles have been transformed into brass band instruments and, hopefully, are played with a little more sophistication but the motivation and purpose of the band remains the same – to tell people about the power of Jesus Christ and what He can do in the lives of ordinary men and women.

Gloucester Salvation Army Band

The settings for performance are many and varied (as you can see from the list of events below). From the chapel in Gloucester prison to the solemnity and grandeur of the Cathedral the band has found this opportunity. The band has travelled extensively around the country as well as in Holland.

Under the leadership of Bandmaster Cliff Matthews, the band tries to play in a variety of styles from the traditional marches through to the swing style now being brought back into fashion. Soloists bring variety to a programme and we are grateful to have talented individuals who can offer so much.

No matter where we find ourselves, as a band our sole purpose is to relay the news of the gospel in a style and method that is appropriate and our prayer is that God will continue to use us and bless us in our ministry both now and in the future. We’ve come a long way since those Salvationists marched with their whistles but there are still many who have not heard the word of God and so the mission remains.

The band is supported by Gloucester Salvation Army Training Band, where people of all ages and abilities can learn to play brass and percussion instruments in the context of our church. The Training Band participates weekly in our Sunday morning service at 10:30am and is currently led by Bandmaster Cliff Matthews.

If you would like to invite the Band or Training Band to play at an event you're planning, please contact our church office administrator who will be pleased to put you in touch.

Forthcoming Events

Sat 25 Nov 2017 7:00pm
Christmas Festival
Cinderford Baptist Church
Senior Band
Thu 30 Nov 2017 11:30am
Carolling
Marks & Spencers, Eastgate Street, Gloucester
Senior Band
Sat 2 Dec 2017 9:30am
Carolling
Gloucester City Centre
Senior Band, Songsters
Sun 3 Dec 2017 10:30am
Toy Service
The Salvation Army, 150 Eastgate Street, Gloucester GL1 1QU
Senior Band, Community, Songsters
Mon 4 Dec 2017 6:30pm
Carol Service
Gloucester Crematorium
Senior Band
Tue 5 Dec 2017 7:30pm
Christmas Concert
Christchurch, Abbeydale
Senior Band, Songsters
Wed 6 Dec 2017 10:00am
Carolling to the "Shut Ins"
Senior Band
Thu 7 Dec 2017 11:30am
Carolling
Marks & Spencers, Eastgate Street, Gloucester
Senior Band
Sat 9 Dec 2017 10:00am
Carolling
Gloucester Services
Senior Band, Songsters
Sun 10 Dec 2017 6:30pm
Charity Concert in aid of The Rotary Club of Gloucester's chosen Charity
The Salvation Army, 150 Eastgate Street, Gloucester GL1 1QU
Senior Band, Community, Songsters
Thu 14 Dec 2017 11:30am
Carolling
Marks & Spencers, Eastgate Street, Gloucester
Senior Band
Sat 16 Dec 2017 10:00am
Carolling
Marks & Spencers, Eastgate Street, Gloucester
Senior Band
Sat 16 Dec 2017 10:00am
Carolling
Morrison's, The Railway Triangle, Gloucester
Senior Band
Mon 18 Dec 2017 11:30am
Carolling
Gloucester Services
Senior Band
Tue 19 Dec 2017 7:30pm
Ecclesiastical Carol Concert
Gloucester Cathedral
Senior Band
Thu 21 Dec 2017 11:30am
Carolling
Marks & Spencers, Eastgate Street, Gloucester
Senior Band
Sat 23 Dec 2017 10:00am
Carolling
Tesco, St Oswald's
Senior Band
Sun 24 Dec 2017 10:00am
Carolling
Tesco, Brockworth
Senior Band
Mon 25 Dec 2017 10:30am
Carolling
Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
Senior Band
Sat 8 Sep 2018 10:00am
Band Concert as part of the Heritage Weekend
Westgate Street
Senior Band