The visit of Derick Kane to the USA Southern Territory for its annual Commissioning weekend was met with great anticipation. Derick, Deputy Bandmaster of the ISB and a playing member since 1976, was every bit the same Derick this writer remembers when he and I first met in the ISB in 1980. He was featured in a number of solos, nearly all written for him by well-known SA composers, and on each occasion the listener was mesmerized by his fabulous sound, stunning technique and extraordinary musicianship. Derick is a world renowned legend in euphonium playing and has consistently maintained the highest standards as soloist and end chair player for decades. He was “discovered” in the mid seventies playing in his corps band in Hamilton, Scotland when the ISB paid a visit. The bandmaster at that time, Lt. Colonel Ray Bowes heard him play when he was just 19 years of age. He came south to the big city and took up the principal euphonium position in the ISB. A seat he has now cherished for 37 years!
During the weekend, Derick had opportunity to conduct the Southern Territorial Band, Songsters and Florida Youth Band. He also judged a Singing Company Competition. back at his home corps in Bexleyheath, London, Derick has been a faithful music leader, he is currently the corps bandmaster. His commitment to excellence in Salvation Army musicianship is also matched by his devotion to the ministry and mission of the love of God found in Salvation Army music.
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