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108               MILITARY MUSIC AND ITS STORY.
tions formed the basis of their band reconstruction, and appears to have been a far more potent factor in the advance of the world's military music than Wie-precht's movement. Other noted bandmasters who assisted in Germany's band reforms were: Kiiffner (1776-1856), Neithardt(1793-1861) and Faust (1825-92). Belgium too was caught in the tide of band reform. In 1846 a government commission was appointed to reorganise military bands, under Servais, of the Brussels Conservatoire. Their most famous military band was the " Guides" under Valentin Bender (1802-73), which was considered worthy of special mention by Kastner in his "Manuel General de Musique Militaire," 1848. I append a list of this band at this period (1848):
In the Netherlands there had been a normal school
for bandmasters since the beginning of the century,
which since 1828 had been controlled by Joseph Snel
(1793-1861).
Austria had also moved with the times. Prior to
1807, only the infantry and a few regiments of artillery
possessed bands. But in this year they were granted
to the cavalry, and in 1828 to chasseurs as well. Bands
do not appear to have been official institutions with
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