Portsmouth Music Scene


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Military type bands



The Salvation Army Bands

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An early Salvation Army photograph as they march past the Air Balloon

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Southsea Salvation Army Band 1890

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The Portsmouth Salvation Army Band, Southsea Corps,
dated about 1905. Photo taken by Oscar Owers of Southsea.

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Southsea Citadel Brass Band, Easter 1907

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The Portsmouth Salvation Army Band dated about 1910

Published in the Portsmouth NEWS on Tuesday 14 February 2012 We’re indebted to Trevor Martin and a number of former and current members of the Southsea Citadel Band of the Salvation Army for their help with this picture. Mick Cooper picked it up on eBay and sent it to Remember When.
It was taken about 1910 and he wondered if readers could put names to faces and I wanted to know if anyone recognised the location. Trevor and his colleagues put their heads together and have done a marvellous job, although the information comes with the usual caveat, so there might be the occasional mistake. The bandmaster (centre of the front row with the baton) is JE Smith, who led the band from 1903 to 1916. He was a coal merchant at Goldsmith Avenue, Fratton, and became the second lord mayor of the city in 1928 and 1929.
And, Trevor tells me with great delight, the photograph was taken in Mr Smith’s garden in Orchard Road, Southsea. On Mr Smith’s right (as you look at the picture) is Harry Ford who succeeded Mr Smith as bandmaster in 1916 until 1938.
And so, to the rest of the band: front row: far right, with tuba, Adolphus Thomas; far left, Band Colour Sergeant, ‘Curly’ Morgan; fourth from right, with tuba, Mr Strong; third from left with tuba, Mr Griffiths. Second row from front, standing far right with euphonium, George Mortimer, son of the band’s founder, also George Mortimer; second from left, Sid Ventham with trombone, Bandmaster from 1938 to 1945; fifth from right with baritone, Ros Davidson.
Third row from front, far left, Tom Smith, with cornet, later Alderman Smith; fifth from left (directly in front of flag) with tenor horn, Cecil ‘Nobby’ Copus, of Copus Waste Materials, Portsmouth; fourth from right with tenor horn, Will Palmer; second from right is possibly George Blackman who had a grocers shop in Talbot Road, Southsea; second from left with cornet left, Bill Cove. Back row, to the right of the man with the flag, Melville Burton. Southsea Citadel Band celebrates its 130th anniversary next year.
It is still active, performing concerts, open air evangelism on the roads of Southsea every Sunday morning and at the beach gospel meetings on the seafront during the summer. The band takes part in two Sunday worship meetings each week in the church in Albert Road and on Good Friday will be found, along with the Southsea Citadel Songsters, in Palmerston Road precinct. It plays a large part in the Southsea Citadel Corps’ carol service at the Kings Theatre in December, called Carols At The Kings. In April this year it will travel to the Salvation Army Conference Centre at Sunbury Court, London, to present an evening concert at the Adult Music School.

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The Portsmouth 2 Salvation Army Young People String Band, dated ? before the 1st World War?

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Southsea No.1 Salvation Army Band 1927

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Southsea Salvation Army Band Local Officers

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The Royal Marine Bands

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1909 Royal Marines Band on board ship in Portsmouth harbour

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Royal Marines Band boarding HMS Monarch 1912

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Band Boy H A Stark Royal Marine Band School of Music

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Royal Marines marching down Eastney Street

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Royal Marine Light Infantry Portsmouth.

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The Royal Marines Portsmouth Light Infantry Drum & Fife Band circa 1910

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The Royal Marines Portsmouth Light Infantry Band circa 1910

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Royal Marine Artillery Portsmouth.

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The Royal Marines School of Music, Portsmouth in 2013

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Graduated Marine musicians in 2013


The Royal Navy Bands

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Royal Navy Band of HMS Vernon Portsmouth in 1937

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HMS Royal Sovereign band near Eastney Barracks 1910

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Church parade, Royal naval School of Music at Eastney Barracks in 1914

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The Corps of Drums of HMS Nelson Volunteer Band.
Back row Left to Right Jason Penney, Chris Peryagh, Paul Earley.
Front row Left to Right Kevin Downer, Sam Winterbottom, Laura Penney,
Tom Rowntree, Melvin Knapp, Richard Morton. 13th July 2013

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The Royal Artillery Bands

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1905 Royal Artillery Band Portsmouth Division2, Frank Holmes, Photo Clifton?

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The R A O C Bands

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an Unknown Band

photographed by Thomas Humphries of Portsmouth at an unknown location.
The present Portsmouth Museum?

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The Royal British Legion Bands

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The Portsmouth Fire Brigade Band

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Portsmouth Fire Services Band, 1944

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Portsmouth City Band 1970's on South Parade Pier

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Portsmouth City Band and the Milton Glee Club at the Guildhall, Portsmouth.

In the early 1980’s the Portsmouth City Band and was conducted by Harry Rowe at the time and John Mason was the Secretary/Manager.

Brass and Silver Concert Bands


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Southsea Silver Band

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Dr Denis Wright OBE conducts Southsea Silver Band mid-late 1960's.
Fred Monk was the usual conductor. Denis Wright was a celebrity in the Brass Band world ( composer and conductor)
he came down once in a while to put the band through its paces. Fred's son Peter Monk was principal cornet.

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The Southsea Silver Prize Band at Mayfield Road School
Musical Director: Ernest Johnson (Johno) Solo Cornets: Fred Monk, Peter Monk, Harry Wrightson, John Thorne, Albert Smith, ??,
John New, ?? Tenor Horns: Ted Stoakes, ??, Bill Thorne Baritones: ??, Vic Restall Euphoniums: Les Greenhalgh, Albert Tracy
Tenor Trombones: Harold Bartlett, Ernie Watts, ?? G Bass Trombone: Bob Player EEb Basses: Ken Metherall, ?? BBb Basses: Taffy Lloyd, ??

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The Southsea Band
Back Row: Jock Claperton, ??, John Churchill, Peter Monk, John Winn, Roger Hammond, ??, Kevin O'Connell, ??, Helen Baker, John Pugh, Bob Wiffin
Middle Row: Jack Gold, ??, May Carpenter, Harry Stevens, ??, ??, Adrian Greenhalgh, Wes Garner, Bob Player, Ernie Watts
Front Row: Sam Peacock, Alf Drage, Les Greenhalgh, Fred Monk, Albert Tracy, George Flett, Arthur Tracy

1958. March 8th The Southsea Silver Band gain 3rd place Southern Counties Area Band Championships at St Pancras Town Hall, London.
1958. April 25th The Southsea Silver Band in concert at the Globe Theatre, Royal Marine Barracks, Eastney.
1958. May 25th The Southsea Silver Band play in the open air on Southsea promenade, at Children’s Corner and will every two weeks.
1958. June 7th The Southsea Silver Band conducted by Mr. R Morgan, is one of 16 competing in the Open Brass Band Festival at Brighton.
1958. August 4th The Southsea Silver Prize Band play at a Fete on the Castle Field Southsea for the next three days.

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The Solent Band 1967 -------------------- Gosport Silver Band 1968.

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Gosport Silver Band, changed it's name in April 2011 to the Gosport Solent Brass.

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The Highbury Area Band, Portsmouth

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Solent Youth Concert Band

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Odds and ends


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I have no idea who he is or the location but Owers of Southsea is a good starting point?


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Paulsgrove Brass Band

You may be amazed to discover that there really was a Brass Band in Paulsgrove, started by the Portsmouth Music Hub and they even made public appearance at one of the Paulsgrove Summer Festivals.
It ran through 2014 to 2016 but sadly is no more.


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Mizpah Temperance Band Southsea Hants 1900

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Not quite sure where this band fits in


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