Story: Brass and pipe bands

Levin Salvation Army Band, around 1903

Levin Salvation Army Band, around 1903

The Levin Salvation Army Band, pictured around 1903, is unusual as it includes guitars, rather than being purely brass. Salvation Army bands achieved a high musical standard, but their aim was always to use music to draw people to the Christian gospel. They only played music from the book approved by the Army's London headquarters, and did not enter into band competitions. The Salvationists encouraged women musicians to join their bands.

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Peter Clayworth, 'Brass and pipe bands - Brass bands, 1880s onwards', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 August 2022)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 22 Oct 2014