Coventry Salvation Army Band
Conductor, W. B. Major
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This band was founded fifty-five years ago, and since then has had a fine record of unbroken service. It had the honour of being the only provincial hand at the first post-war Bandmasters' Council and Festival at the Clapton Congress Hall. It was the first to introduce the BB flat sousaphone into the brass-band world, and it was the first Salvation Army band to introduce the timpani.
At a recent congress of fifteen hundred bandsmen in Birmingham the band was used for demonstration. Further evidence of its artistry and popularity can be gathered from its many tours and broadcasts. Its first appearance at the microphone was at Aberdeen in 1924. W. B. Major , who is in charge this evening, has been the bandmaster for fifteen years.
Jack Hill is a native of Birmingham, where he studied at the School of Music. He has written music for several light radio shows, and theatregoers will remember that he wrote the music for one of Emile Littler 's pantomimes. As a light pianist he has given a number of solo broadcasts in the last five years, and he has also earned a big reputation for his septet, formed mainly of playeri who have worked together since they were in their teens. The repertoire of this combination contains a number of Jack Hill 's special arrangements.
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