THE HAMILTON BAND INSTRUMENTS.
Waikato Times, Volume XXVI, Issue 2113, 23 January 1886, Page 2
THE HAMILTON BAND INSTRUMENTS.
A public meeting of the inhabitants of the Borough of Hamilton was held last evening in the Public Hall, for the purpose of deciding whether the burgesses, who are the owners of the brass band instruments, wished to retain them or dispose of them. There were between 80 and 'JO present, and his Worship the Mayor occupied the chair. The Chairman, after reading the notice convening the meeting, said that an application had been nude to the borough council by Mr J. S. Edgecumbe for the purchaseof the band iustmmo it", and he thought that it would be a great pity if the instruments were to leave Hamilton. Some time ago the instruments were vested in the Borough Council, and handed over to the ciistody of Mr S. Tucker, who hud now placed them on the platform. He did not thinlc that the borough council should have the sole control of the instalments, but thought that a committee should be formed who would work in conjunction with the council, if it was decided that the instruments be retained and the band resusciated. He felt sure that there would be no difficulty in re-starting the band, for there was still plenty of young men in the township with lnu-icil talent to mtku a good band. He did not exactly know how matters in connection with the late band stood, but he would like to hear the late secretary state the position the band was in at the present time, so that they might have some ground to work upon. Mr R. Edwards, the late secretary, stated th.it the number of instruments held by the late band were twenty two. Of these, tbtre were two deficient, namely, the silver cornet, taken away by Mr Holloway, and the other (a baritone) he would have to make enquiries about. H? thought that it would bo a great pity if the instruments were disposed of, for it would be a very hard matter to get instruments again and reform a band. He had been given to understand that the parties who had made applications for the purchase of them, only wanted a few, and in conclusion moved the following resolution "That the instruments of the Hamilton Band be not sold, but be retained aud vested in the custody of the Mayor and a committee of the B n-ough of Hamilton on behalf of the original subscribers and the inhabitants. Mr S. Tucker seconded the resolution, which was put to the meeting by the chairman and carried unanimously. Mr Knox also spoke, protesting against the instruments being sold, and he said that it reflected great credit upon some of the old members to see so many of the instruments in the hall. He thought they ought to be insured, so that they should have a guarantee iv case of anything occarring. In reply to the chairman, ZiL- EJwardtt stated that the only liability he knew of in connection with the lute band was about £1 5s for advertising. Mr S. Tucker stated that he had about £1 in hand, and that there was also a small balance in the Bank. The Chairman said that financially they were in funds. The Chairman said the next thing to do would be for the meeting to name a committee. Mr Knox proposed the following gentlemen to form a committee, which was seconded and carried unanimously His Worship the Mayor, Messrs S. Tucker, G. White, T. Vincent, P. Munro, R. Peat and R. Edwards, three to form a quorum. Mr Gelling proposed and Mr R. Peat seconded, "That a subscription list bn now opsued which was carried, several gentlemen in the hall subscribing to the band fund. In reply to a question, Mr T. Vincent said tliß instrument- wore iv good order. The Chairman intimated that he would make enquiries as to the whereabouts of Mr Holloway in order I sco if they could not get the instrument in his possession back again. It was resolved that the baud instruments be handed over to Mr R. Edwards in order to have them cleaned and insured. A <>te of thanks to the chairman terminated the proceeding.