The news of Lieut-Colonel Ray Bowes' 'Promotion to Glory' on 13th February 2010, shortly after his 85th birthday, was marked by the warmest expressions of the countless people who had come under his influence over the years.
Born in Castleford, Yorkshire, in January 1925, he started to play the cornet at the age of seven and quickly gained a reputation as a young cornet virtuoso, travelling extensively as a soloist. He had three early ambitions: firstly to have a composition published by The Salvation Army, secondly to become a member of The International Staff Band (ISB) and thirdly to become a Salvation Army bandmaster.
All three ambitions were splendidly achieved. His first youthful published band composition was titled Castleford, whilst he joined the cornet section of the ISB in 1947 (his total period as a member of the ISB as player and conductor extending to more than 42 years) and was commissioned Bandmaster of Harlesden Corps in 1950, conducting that band for a remarkable 60 years. Ray was Bandmaster of the ISB from July 1975 and in 1980 he was appointed The Salvation Army's Chief Music Editor in the United Kingdom until retirement in February 1990.
For some years, Ray's Deputy Bandmaster in the ISB was Major George Whittingham who, as conductor of the South London Fellowship Band, has driven this musical tribute to his Salvation Army officer and ISB colleague, and friend.
|1||A Testimony of Praise||Ray Bowes||South London Fellowship Band||3.54|
|2||My Heart's Desire||Ray Bowes||South London Fellowship Band||3.41|
|3||Rhapsody for Cornet and Band||Ray Bowes||Keith Hutchinson (Cornet) with South London Fellowship Band||8.14|
|4||Abide With Me||Ray Bowes||South London Fellowship Band||3.04|
|5||Song of Triumph||Ray Bowes||Simon Birkett (Euphonium) with South London Fellowship Band||6.46|
|6||Winterthur Centenary ||Ray Bowes||South London Fellowship Band||3.21|
|7||Jubilant Faith||Ray Bowes||South London Fellowship Band||10.32|
|8||David of the White Rock||Trad arr. Ray Bowes||Keith Hutchinson (Cornet) with South London Fellowship Band||2.58|
|9||Sunshine Mountain||Ray Bowes||South London Fellowship Band||5.49|
|10||Armadale||Ray Bowes||South London Fellowship Band||4.16|
|11||Crown of Gold||Ray Bowes||South London Fellowship Band||8.58|
|12||Ask the Saviour to Help You||Ray Bowes||South London Fellowship Band||3.07|
|13||Harlesden||Ray Bowes||South London Fellowship Band||2.40|