The increasing popularity of brass bands was referred to in the executive's report, presented to the annual meeting of tlie North Island Brass Bands' Association (says an Auckland correspondent). The report showed that the association was formed in January, 1897, at a meeting held in the Marton Borough Council, Chambers.' In January of 1898 the first contest was held. At that time the competing bands represented about 300 bandsmen, who comprised tho complete membership of tlie association. Now there were 59 bands affiliated with the association, representing 2600 bandsmen, 95 per cent, of whom wore present at this year's contests. It was stated in the report that the association had many reverses in 1904. It had a debit balance of over £80, but to-day, it was! able' to show a credit of £650.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8795, 16 February 1914
Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8795, 16 February 1914
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