A birthday treat for former bandmaster
SALVATION Army bands from across the region will perform a special concert in Grimsby to celebrate the 90th birthday of retired bandmaster David Shankster.
The event will take place at the Salvation Army Citadel, on Duncombe Street, on Saturday, April 13 – the day Mr Shankster turns 90.
Mr Shankster served as bandmaster in Grimsby for about 40 years. Although he retired from the position in the late 1990s, he continued playing in the band until recently.
He even took up the baton again last year while the band was without a permanent bandmaster.
Ivan Stead, corps sergeant major for the Salvation Army in Grimsby, is hoping that former band members who knew David will come along to celebrate his birthday.
He said: "David turns 90 on April 13 and we are having a big festival of music for him. David has got a long history with the Salvation Army.
"Back in 1955 he was appointed bandmaster of the Grimsby Salvation Army Band which at that time was based in Chapman Street off Corporation Road. He was also appointed leader of the junior choir.
"I came into the band at the same time as he was made the bandmaster. He was very keen but very strict. He was always for getting the band and the junior choir out performing concerts.
"We would like to show our gratitude for the years of service that David has given to the Salvation Army and we are hoping that some of the guys that were in the band will come along on the night."
Among the bands performing are the Salvation Army East Midlands Fellowship Band from Nottinghamshire, the Grimsby Songsters and the Barton on Humber Songsters.
For more information, call Ivan Stead on 01472 501031 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org