Thursday, 19 February 2015

Musical Notes

The Excelsior Silver Prize Band, Dunstable [Z50/142/67]

Friday 19th February 1915: The activities of the Dunstable Excelsior Band have been seriously curtailed due to the enlistment of fourteen of the band’s members. They will be unable to perform concerts as usual and will only be able to play occasionally. The loss of income that this will entail will jeopardise the band’s aim to keep free from debt and they are therefore appealing for patrons.

In Leighton Buzzard the Band of the Lincolnshire Regiment is making remarkable progress. When the Regiment arrived in the town it did not have a band, but the contributions of some generous subscribers have allowed it to form one. Twenty enthusiastic bandsmen are making great progress under Sergeant Major Hierons. It is hoped that the band will expand further, but this will require more donations as bands are not provided as part of General Kitchener’s Army.

Sources: Leighton Buzzard Observer and Linslade Gazette, 23rd February 1915

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