Military Music And Its Story - online book

The Rise & Development Of Military Music

Home Main Menu Singing & Playing Order & Order Info Support Search Voucher Codes

Share page  Visit Us On FB

Previous Contents Next
was the first commandant of Kneller Hall.10 It wa this officer who laid the lines upon which the school was to be conducted, in regard to regimental matters and interior economy. Great improvements have since been made by successive commandants, but the general sys­tem still obtains, thus proving the correctness of Col. Whitmore's judgment. The real work of directing the training of embryo bandmasters and bandsmen devolved of course upon the director of music, and in selecting a successor to Schallehn, Col. Whitmore was fortunate in fixing upon a very clever musician and an excellent teacher in the person of Carl Mandel. During Mandel's appointment the school got into full swing. The professors, which at the inauguration only numbered four, had now been increased to ten, and were selected from the best of their class in England. The famous Lazarus taught the clarinet, Barret was oboe professor, Phasey was responsible for the tenor brass instruments, and Mann had charge of the French horns. Whilst among the other teachers, were Carl Zeiss (trumpet), late professor at Brussels Conserva­toire, Albert Hartmann (flute), afterwards bandmaster 17th Lancers, and the first bandmaster in our service to take the degree of Doctor of Music (Oxon.), and Sir Arthur Sullivan's father, who taught the bass brass instruments.1
" There was a Colonel Stephens in appointment before him, but only for a short time.
"It is worth while remarking that three of our great national composers were cradled, so to speak, in the atmosphere
Previous Contents Next