Formed in May 2002, Norfolk Fellowship
Brass (NFB) quickly established itself as a friendly
group of like-minded active and retired musicians of
The Salvation Army as well as others with a strong
affiliation to the organisation.
The aims of NFB were clear from the onset; to meet
regularly to enjoy rehearsals and give concerts,
encouraging friendship between each other. Thus Norfolk
Fellowship Brass was formed with 'fellowship' at its
core. The Salvation Army's Anglia Divisional
Headquarters, based in Norwich readily agreed to the
forming of NFB and were pleased to officially approve
them as a 'Divisional Band' with the appointment of an
|14th March 7:30pm
||St Andrews Church, Gorleston.|
|11th April 7:30pm
||Norwich Citadel with NNUH Choir.|
|27th June 7:30pm
||St Nicholas Church North Walsham.|
|4th August 7:00pm
||Sherringham Visitors Night.|
|10th October 7:30pm
||St.Cuthberts Church, Norwich.|
|29th November 7:30pm
||St.Michael's Church, Aylsham with NCF.
The idea of forming such a group came about after
discussion over some time between Robert
Munn and Michael Whybrow,
realising the benefits of regularly meeting together
for older Salvationist musicians spread around the
beautiful and rural county of Norfolk.
Robert became its first conductor with Michael as
Band Manager. In 2007 David Woodrow,
formerly assistant conductor of NFB swapped roles with
Robert, taking over as conductor whilst Robert became
assistant conductor. There were further changes during
2012 when Douglas Beattie was appointed assistant
conductor and Robert took on the role of Band Presidnt.
Graham Green was appointed Band Manager on the
retirement ot Michael Whybrow in 2011. Subsquently
Graham resigned at the end of 2013 and Michael was
re-appointed to the position of Manager in January
Both Robert and David have a great musical
background, each serving in HM Welsh
Guards and Irish Guards Bands
respectively as cornet players. Robert was also a
one-time member of the International Staff
Band playing under Lieut-Colonel
Bernard Adams. Both have served as deputy
bandmasters of Norwich Citadel Band
whilst Robert went on to become Bandmaster for eleven
years, leading them on tours of South Africa and
Norway. David held the position of principal cornet for
many years in NCB.
Norfolk Fellowship Brass have given concerts around
Norfolk and Suffolk and have been privileged to play at
the Sandringham Flower Show in the grounds of the
Queen's Norfolk residence. The group is available to
give concerts to benefit good causes, always with
Christian aims to the fore.
Many Salvation Army centres are represented within
NFB; Aylsham, Diss, Downham Market, Great Yarmouth,
Norwich Citadel, Norwich Mile Cross, Snettisham and
Rehearsals are held on the second and fourth Mondays
of each month at Norwich Mile Cross Salvation Army hall
NFB's repertoire is made up of Salvation Army and
popular secular music and features several of the
players as brass or vocal soloists.
NFB Releases 'The Front
Line - Volume One'
The Salvation Army has a long and fine tradition of
making music to the glory of God. From our earliest
beginnings we borrowed tunes from the secular realm,
including popular songs from the music hall. Our
writers put spiritual words to these tunes and
converted them for our use, capturing the public
imagination. The Salvation Army was revolutionary in
its approach from its earliest days.
Our Song or Hymn Book reflects those early days and
helps to inspire a new generation of Salvationists.
Whilst excitin new worship songs have come into our
repertoire, it is important not to forget our
time-honoured songs, which remind us not only of our
rich heritage but also our doctrine.
The 'Front Line' project aims
to provide authentic 'Army' brass band accompaniment to
selected songs from The Salvation Army Song Book.
Nigel Byrne is the driving force behind
the project and would be pleased to hear from you if
you know of a band that would like to record a CD for
Whether used as a resource for meeting leaders or
the enjoyment of the private listener, we pray that
this recording will bless and encourage you deeply.
Our CD recording 'Let Songs
Abound' was produced in
2003 and is available here on our