Story: Brass and pipe bands

Christchurch Bicycle Band, 1898 (1st of 4)

Christchurch Bicycle Band,  1898

The Christchurch Bicycle Band, also known as Painter's Band, is seen on parade in 1898. This professional band was organised in 1898 by Fred Painter, inspired by the 1890s cycling craze. The skilled musicians and cyclists played one-handed while riding on the unpaved roads of Canterbury. The highly popular band was hired for many public occasions. They made their last ride in 1910.

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Reference: CCL Photo CD 5, IMG0053

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Peter Clayworth, 'Brass and pipe bands - Early military and brass bands', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/43234/christchurch-bicycle-band-1898 (accessed 16 July 2019)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 22 Oct 2014