Bandmaster Nigel Smith


Band Secretary, James Cassidy
Phone: 0118 945 1117

Recent events;
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December 2021

  • Carolling in the Oracle
  • Carolling in the town centre
  • Carol concert
  • January 2022

  • Allister retires
  • April 2022

  • Easter morning in Forbury Gardens
  • June 2022

  • Celebrating the Queen′s jubilee'
  • July 2022

  • Visit to retired bandsman, Dennis
  • Aug 2022

  • Visit to retired member, Enid

  • Reading Central band has been an important part of The Salvation Army centre in central Reading. The earliest record of the band′s existance was in June 1881, just six weeks after the Army "opened fire" in the town. On that occasion it was at the head of a march taking William Booth, The Army′s founder from the railway station to a rally at the boathouse where we were conducting meetings. Ever since that time the band has participated in all the Army′s activities. Each Sunday the band leads the congregation in singing and also plays suitable music to help the worship.

    Nigel took over the leadership of the band in 2020 but owing to the Covid pandemic has not been able to take up the full duties until 2021

    Reading Central band gave an open air concert at Windsor Castle in July 2017

    Reading Central Band in our Sunday morning worship meeting