Story: Brass and pipe bands

Brass band at the NZ Rifle Brigade camp near Ypres

Brass band at the NZ Rifle Brigade camp near Ypres

A brass band plays at the New Zealand Rifle Brigade camp near Ypres, Belgium, on 19 September 1917. In the early years of the First World War bandsmen also acted as stretcher bearers. High stretcher-bearer casualties and the difficulty of replacing musicians meant that bandsmen were later withdrawn from the front line. Military authorities considered that the morale-boosting effect of music was the bandsmen's greatest contribution to the war effort.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association Collection
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Photograph by Henry Armytage Sanders

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Peter Clayworth, 'Brass and pipe bands - Military bands, 1900 onwards', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 January 2022)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 22 Oct 2014