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There were not a great many vacant chairs in the Garrison Hall last night, when a concert was held for the purpoh'. of raising funds for the equipment of the newly-formed National Reserve Band The entertainment was a most enjoyabh one, and the audience showed their appro oi.ition in an unmistakable manner. Considering the fact that the band ha:.been in existence but a few weeks, the progress made has been remark-able, and this is hirgely due to the enthusiastic efforts of tlie conductor, isignor Squarise. In the course of a few remarks during the interval Lieutenant-colonel Stoneha-m paid a warm tribute to Signor Squarise, who. he said, had, in addition to the work oi conducting and bringing on the band : .-. lie had done in such a short time, writ to 1 all the band parts and composed variou pieces for them. Colonel' Stoneham ah: thanked all those who had assisted in mak ing the concert a success. The items by the band bulked largo b the programme, and in most instance, (especially in the opening march, composed by the conductor) the performance was most creditable, a faet recognised by the audience in an unmistakable manner."

The only other instrumental item was a pianoforte solo by Miss G. M. Stoneham, who in hr.r performance of 'March Militaire,' fully maintained her reputation as a talented pianist. Amony the vocalists. Miss Mabel Esquilant sang with excellent taste, and her rendering of Sanderson's ' Harbor Nights' left nothing at all to be desired. An cixore naturally followed, and this also was artistic and satisfying. Mr W. E. M'Kinlay sang 'Come Into the Garden, .Maud' very nicely, and he and Miss Esquilant were heard to great advantage later ;n tho duet 'Springtime,' a pretty little thing in which their voices blended very sweetly. In reciting Kipling's 'Gunga'Din' Mr S. N. Osboin was. bearing in mind the story is told by an English " Tommy," rather' inclined to the melodramatic," and his encore item, that quaint little piece 'lf You Like,' was a much more natural effort, and very well done indeed. One of the best items of the evening was Mr Bryant's rendering of the tuneful and stirring ' God Save the King,' a new song, info which Mr Bryant gets plenty of spirit. This, coupled with the excellent qualities of his singing in other respects, made the effort a very satisfactory one indeed.

The programme ended with the singing by the audience of the hymn 'For Those u: Peril on the Sea' (this with special reference to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force now on the water) and the National Anthem.

Miss L. M'Laren's ability as an accdmpaniste is too well known to need comment, and it can only be said, that her performance in that department last night was signally successful. The expenses of the concert were very light, and it is anticipated that at least £IOO will he handed over to the band as a ■ i-esult.

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NATIONAL RESERVE BAND CONCERT, Issue 15631, 23 October 1914

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NATIONAL RESERVE BAND CONCERT Issue 15631, 23 October 1914

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