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: TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—May I suggest through the medium of your columns the advisability of an amalgamation of the Ashburton Brass Bands. At present neither band, Borough Band and the Ashburton as constituted, is strong enough to acquit itself to the satisfaction of its members, or t tot jatijre satisfaction to the public. The Borough band numbers some 12 members only, and the Ashburton band a like number. In both cases the bands have suffejpd much through the exodus of me&raers from the district, and it would now. appear to be absolutely necessary that the respective musical forces should be amalgamated. If this course is taken we would then hare in the town a brass band^numbering, say, about 25 performers —ai&ijjibmation which would be a credit to |he performers and a credit to the towfi and district. In larger centres theip.-is'-a distinct advantage in having; t7ro%eparate bands, as the friendly rivalry assist! to, keep each up to a standard of excellence, but in a town the size of Ashburton it is a moral impossibility to have fc^o bands and at the same time have good instrumentation. The rotunda in Baring Square has not been occupied by a local band during th« past three < years, the \ reason no doubt being that the members of each band are fully . conscious of the> deficiency in numerical strength ; but, should an amalgamation take place, there would be a probabiliiy of this central reserve being made attractive on public holidays by the rendition of open-air concerte. If the weekly-holiday is again brought into force, an amalgamated band might also assist to make it more popular by giving selections on the afternoon of whatever day may be chosen. I would suggest that the conductors of the respective bands arrange a meeting without delay, when this matter can be fully discussed, and I have no fear but that an amalgamation satisfactory to all parties ' will be the result.—lam, etc., "•■•.'• • • Mtraic. '

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AMALGAMATING THE BANDS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2460, 7 July 1890

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AMALGAMATING THE BANDS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2460, 7 July 1890