New Instrument Scheme 1945



Deputy Bandmaster Harold Walker had instigated a New Instrument scheme early in 1945, in anticipation of handsmen returning from the war. Money had already been raised from Sales of Work, musical festivals and a special programrme given by RCAF (Overseas) band. These fund raising activities were now stepped up and on 14th September a Grand Musical Festival was held in Bournemouth Town Hall as part of the SA composers weekend.

A capacity crowd of 1500 packed the hall, not only to hear Boscombe and Swindon bands and the local songster brigade, but also to meet such well known names in the army's music world as Coles, Jakeway, Kirk, Dalziel, Catelinet, Boon and Mountain. As a result of this, and further musical festivals, the band were able to purchase four Triumphonic basses (2 BBb and 2 EEb) at a total cost of £557, and on 9th April four senior census board locals presented them to their new owners. A further pair of EEb basses were added in May.