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who recommended to the Prussian Dragoon Guards a plan for a brass band, all the instruments except the bugles and trombones being furnished with " valves "— quite an innovation. This plan was adopted, and so successful were his efforts, that he was installed as teacher to the bands of the Cavalry Guards, which in time he reconstructed.
In 1838 he was appointed director of the bands of the Prussian Guards, and from that time dates the gradual reorganisation of Prussian bands. The bands of Wie-precht's reforms comprised:
Kappey says that Wieprecht's methods " spread unto almost all European states and formed the basis of our present military music." England and France can scarcely be included in this very general statement. In these countries it is certain that the great Sax inven-