Notes on the Development of Bands in the Royal Navy Part V Training the Bandsmen

By W. G. Perrin, published April 1923


In previous articles no mention was made concerning the training of bandsmen, as they were recruited as proficient musicians. Although there may have been unofficial arrangements aboard ship it was not until 1863 that the first official step was taken to remedy this failing. An entry of 16 Service Boys, to be trained as Bandsmen, was authorised with a daily allowance of 6d per day for the Music Instructor. By the end of 1972 a total of 72 boys were under training and annually about one quarter were drafted to the fleet as Bandsmen 2nd class.

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