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92                 MILITARY MUSIC AND ITS STORY.
Theodore, relates) the famous Paris instrument maker was commissioned to make a replica of Distin's in­strument, which was eventually presented to the Duke. It may be added that Distin was handsomely rewarded for his pains. Two years afterwards Halary patented his key-bugle family of three—the clavitube (a key-bugle), quintitube (an alto ophicleide) and the ophi-cleide, which were adopted by the French army. This is the only reference I have seen to our Guards' bands during their sojourn in Paris. At a grand ball given by Wellington, when the Order of the Bath was con­ferred on Bliicher and others, a traveller notes10 that a military band (one of the Guards no doubt) played in the court of the hotel, but does not say anything of its performances, or even mentions its name. He speaks, however, of the pleasure he derived from listening to the celebrated band of the Emperor of Austria, which " surpassed .... any military orchestra" he ever heard.
"Scot, "Journal of a Tour to Waterloo and Paris, etc., in 1815."
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