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Music & the British Military in the Long Nineteenth Century$

Trevor Herbert and Helen Barlow

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199898312

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199898312.001.0001

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(p.319) APPENDIX 5 The Objects of the Military School of Music (From a Report Published in the Journal of the Society of Arts, 13 July 1866)

(p.319) APPENDIX 5 The Objects of the Military School of Music (From a Report Published in the Journal of the Society of Arts, 13 July 1866)

Music & the British Military in the Long Nineteenth Century
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The objects contemplated in the foundation of the Military School of Music have been successfully attained.

  1. 1. There is now a constant supply of trained performers for the regimental bands, though it is still inadequate to the wants of the service.

  2. 2. These bandsmen, having received a good professional education, through the liberality of the Government and their commanding officers, are bound to serve in the army by a moral obligation, arising from the gratitude which they naturally feel towards their benefactors, and from the contract implied in their acceptance of the benefit. They have also a new object of ambition in the change of future promotion to the post of bandmaster, as a successful musician trained at Kneller Hall, usually leaves it with the hope of returning some day to qualify himself for the higher position. It was at first supposed by some persons that the superior education given to bandsmen, through the agency of Kneller Hall, would have the effect of raising them above their work, and would thus increase instead of diminishing, the inducements to leave the service. But the result has proved the contrary; a much smaller proportion of Kneller Hall bandsmen, than of others, have obtained their discharge, the per-centage [sic] in the latter case being about ten times as great as in the former; and it will be found that a large majority of those who have rejoined their regiments as efficient musicians, have since become non-commissioned officers.

  3. (p.320) 3. There is a greater degree of permanency about the engagement of the bandmaster, and he feels a greater interest in the success of the band because he is a member of the regiment, and shares its esprit de corps.

  4. 4. There is also a constant supply of bandmasters who, on account of the education bestowed on them, and the fact of their being soldiers, may be obtained at a much less cost to the officers than the civilians who were employed heretofore.

  5. 5. The arrangement of the bands is less liable than formerly to be upset on a change of bandmasters, because the new bandmasters have all been educated in the same school, and on the same principles.

  6. 6. The bandsmen having, in like manner, been trained according to one method, and uniformity of pitch have in the meantime been established, the bands of different regiments can now perform in concert.

  7. 7. The new bandmasters have all received practical training in teaching, as part of their professional education, and, holding a recognised and well-defined rank in their regiments, they are better qualified than civilians to maintain good order and discipline among the soldiers placed under their charge, while they are also amenable to discipline themselves.