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"THE statement by the Prime Minister, when explaining the proposed • reductions in the strength of the armed forces, that he hoped it would be possible to maintain the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band and the Trentham Camp Band, will meet with public approval. The bands have reached a standard of proficiency comparable with the best overseas military bands, and during the past few years many thousands have -had hours of enjoyment listening to them. While supporting the Government's intention to reduce the armed forces to the maximum extent possible, it must be pointed out that some branches which have 7 ,b,een developed during the war are worthy of a place in more peaceful 7'times. The two bands, it is suggested, are a good example. The manpower problem involved in their case is so small as to be-hardly worthy of consideration, and there is no reason why the bands should be wholly dependent on the public purse. Famous military bands maintained in Britain, such as those of the Grenadier and Welsh Guards, spend a considerable part of each year on tour giving public concerts. The proceeds go far towards their expenses. In New Zealand tfte public has, in the past, had little opportunity of hearing professional military bands, and the popularity of concerts given for patriotic purposes by the Air Force Band indicates that there are plenty of audiences anxious to be entertained. It is generally considered that the Dcminion will be forced, for a number of years anyway, to maintain larger armed Services than was the case before the war, and it is suggested that when deciding the new establishments of the Army and the Air Force provision should be made for placing at least one of these two bands on a permanent basis.

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LET US HAVE MUSIC, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945

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LET US HAVE MUSIC Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945