Ray Bowes, r.i.p.

Discussion in 'Obituaries - Unregistered visitors can post here' started by Brian Bowen, Feb 14, 2010.

  1. Brian Bowen

    Brian Bowen Active Member

    Sarasota, Florida, USA
    I understand Lt. Colonel Ray Bowes died Saturday 13 February. He was known to many, especially within the Salvation Army, as a composer and former bandmaster of the International Staff Band. He was a personal friend with whom I worked for a period and shared many musical occasions together in the ISB.
  2. al74

    al74 New Member

    Sad times , great man, one of a special post war generation of SA musicians, wonderful encourager
  3. Tubby

    Tubby Member

    Ah very sad news, great composer and conductor.


    Great composer and a real gent and encourager
  5. Red Elvis

    Red Elvis Active Member

    Many moons ago I attended the SA National School of Music . Playing in the Stephen Cobb band , we played Lt-Col Bowes' "KIngs Crusader" in the midweek festival ( Dr Cobb told us all he picked it so as to guarantee his place as principal cornet for another year !!:) ). This was a fantastic piece of music and Dr Cobb shared the story of how , when it was composed the then-young Ray Bowes was told it would be published but it was consideed a little avant-garde and so he'd best tone down his future offerings.

    My dad came down to Cobham for the festival , and as we were talking afterwards I was stunned when Lt-Col Bowes made a bee-line straight for my dad and started speaking to him - turned out that my uncle had been a member of his corps band at Harlesden. As a star-struck young bandsman I'll never forget how he took the time out to ask how I'd enjoyed the piece and encouraged me to continue with my playing.

    A true christian gentleman from the SA's golden generation.

    "Well done , good and faithful servant"
  6. John Brooks

    John Brooks Well-Known Member

    Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
    A truly wonderful man of God and an absolute gentlemen. I'll not forgot his playing of the flugel horn solo in Eric Ball's "Good News" (in 1964 I believe) and captured on the first SA live recording from the RAH. Sublime.
  7. Dick Bone

    Dick Bone New Member

    I had the pleasure of meeting Ray at a celebration for my Grandparent's Golden Wedding many years ago and in the space of two hours talking with him realised what a true gentleman and legend of the brass band world he was. I was never a Salvationist but I know he had a major impact on both my Grandparents and my Father so I feel that I have a reason to thank him for my love of banding.

    Many thanks Ray and rest in peace.
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    Sylvia and Doug Harkness

    So sad to hear of Ray's death. He was a close friend of ours for many years, conducting our wedding and the funeral of my father, who was a member of his Harlesden Corps band for many years. We will remember him for his great sense of fun, humour and, of course, his wonderful musical talent - truly a man of great natural charm who will be missed by many.
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    Gordon Buist - Thailand

    Ray Bowes was the loveliest of gentlemen and I am proud to be called a friend. Ray was my bandmaster at Harlesden after I returned from the Philippines (aged 17) where my parents, Lt. Col and Mrs Buist - also friends - were stationed. Ray conducted my marriage to Lynn (Powell) and several years later also conducted her funeral. A wonderful guy. He lived respected and has died regretted. An example in life to us all.

    My thoughts are with his family.
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    Alan Croft - Stowmarket UK

    My thoughts mirror each of the other posts with regards to Ray, who embodied what a true Chrisitian gentleman should be.

    I too was a member of the band at Harlesden - strangely enough I used to sit next to Gordon Buist (previous poster) on solo cornet.

    Being born & dragged up in Harlesden I also was in the YP Band & before moving away was YP Band sergent & it was good that Ray & Mabel's boys - Nigel, Howard & David were each members.

    I was also pleased to welcome Ray into my home in Stowmarket on the occaisions the ISB visited here & also to Norton. Each was a time of great Christian fun & feloowship.

    My thoughts & prayers are with Howard, David & their families & will share in the service at Harlesden on Friday.
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    Janet Smith(Ashby)

    Ray Bowes was a very special man.He always had time for everyone.myself and pauline were the 1st women in the harlesden band and he always encouraged us.He will be sadly missed by all.
  12. P_S_Price

    P_S_Price Member

    I worked at SP& S whilst both Ray Bowes was in charge of the IMED. A true Christian Gent. Sadly Missed, but deserves his Promotion!
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