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The Rise & Development Of Military Music

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England would permit none of its bands to take part in the contest, although a special application was made by the French government for the leading band of the day, the Royal Artillery Band, under Smyth, to enter the lists.
In 1882 this band came under the baton of Cavaliere Ladislao Zavertal, the greatest musician the British service ever possessed, who raised it to perhaps the foremost position in the annals of the military band. Here is the band as it was constituted at the close of its famous chief's career:
2 Piccolos.
2 Flutes.
4 Oboes.
4 Clarinets, E flat. 29 Clarinets, B flat.
4 Bassoons. 13 Cornets.
7 French Horns.
2  Koenig Horns.
3  Althorns.
5 Trombones.
4  Euphoniums. 9 Bombardons. 3 Drums, etc.
Total, 91.
Another band which shared laurels with the former, was that of the Grenadier Guards, under the conductor-ship of Dan Godfrey, the most popular bandmaster of his day. This band took part in the great festival at Boston (U.S.A.) in 1872, being the first British band to leave its native shores.                                            I
Here is the instrumentation of this band in 1888, when at the height of its fame:6
1  Piccolo.
2  Flutes. 2 Oboes.
6 Cornets. 2 Trumpets. 4 Horns.
'Marr, "Music for the People," 1889.
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