Woodrow was born into a Salvationist family at Norwich Citadel
and is a product of the Young People's Band at the Corps.
Joining NCB in 1978, he spent six months as a back row
cornet player (including his first solo with the Band — Eric
Ball's 'Clear Skies'), before becoming NCB's soprano cornet
player for nine years. A move to solo cornet followed and just
prior to the the Band's South African Tour in 1993, he took
took over the principal's chair from his father David.
Richard has been in demand for a number of years as a
cornet soloist not only in NCB concerts but around Great
Britain and Scandinavia. In 2004 he toured North America with
the International Staff Band playing flugelhorn, featuring as
a soloist during that tour as well as a tour to the USA
Western Territory in March 2010. In addition to his role as
bandmaster of NCB, Richard is now a full-time member of the
ISB playing flugelhorn.
Prior to becoming Bandmaster in 2008, Richard was Deputy
Bandmaster for five years, and previously leader/conductor of
the Young People's Band for twelve years, responsible for
teaching and training the young people. This led to a number
of years as an instructor at summer music schools in the UK,
and a year as the guest conductor of The Salvation Army's
Norwegian Territorial Band.
Summer 2013 saw Richard travel to Michigan USA as an international guest at the Eastern Michigan Music Camp for young Salvationists.
Richard together with his wife Elizabeth make Norwich Citadel their regular place
of worship. Their son Mark plays Eb tuba and is currently studying at Birmingham University. Their daughter Eve attends Maidenhead Corps.
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