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CHAPTER IX.
REORGANISATION.
F ROM 1830 to 1860, was an exciting period for mili­tary bands in England. Our " crack " regiments, now at the zenith of their extravagance in musical matters were spending enormous sums on their bands, for the rivalry between regiments was as keen as ever. It has been said that this system where bands were maintained by the officers, was more highly beneficial to military music, than that in vogue at the present time. Granted, as Kappey points out, that " the musi­cal results were in many cases notable," one might ask how much harm was wrought in the midst of so much good? Buckle has shown in his "History of Civilisa­tion," that the system of "patronage" under which art and literature existed in France at a certain period, hampered their development, since they only found expression so far as the necessities of their patrons required. Similarly, the system which obtained in England with regard to military bands, was nothing
more than a brake on the wheel of progress, since regi-
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