"Minutes of a meeting held 16 May 1877 in the Orderly Room [of the Armed Constabulary redoubt] at Cambridge for the purpose of forming a band. Fourteen gentlemen were present.
Proposed by Mr Brennan and seconded by Mr Cooper that a Cambridge Band be formed to comprise the above-named gentlemen. Carried
Proposed by Mr Stuart and seconded by Mr Webber that a set of Band Instruments be ordered forthwith. Carried
Proposed by Mr Parr and seconded by Mr Kerr that each member of the Band provide and pay for his own instrument. Carried
Proposed by Mr Carr and seconded by Mr Bates that an entrance fee of ten shillings be charged and a weekly subscription of one shilling first payment on Wednesday 30th May 1877. Carried
Proposed by Mr Lambert and seconded by Mr Webber that on Wednesday evening at 7:30pm the Band meet for practice at the Emigrant Cottages. Carried
Proposed by Mr Webber and seconded by Mr Kerr that Mr Stuart be appointed Secretary and Treasurer and that the Secretary be instructed to receive and pay accounts. Carried
Proposed that any person willing to join the Band up to the 30th day of May 1877 be admitted upon the same terms as the original members viz on payment of 10/- and after that date upon payment of an entrance fee of £1 one pound stg, such persons to be balloted for. Carried
Proposed that Mr C D Mackintosh be Bandmaster. Carried
Proposed by Mr Parr and seconded by Mr Webber that the name of the Band be The Cambridge and Waikato Reed Band. Carried
Confirmed and Signed.
C D Mackintosh
By the end of May 1877, thirty-four more members had joined.
The first request for their services was from the Episcopalian Church [Church of England] and eighteen members played at their concert. By the end of the year they had played at the local cattle show, accompanied the Cambridge Cavalry Volunteers to a review at Ohaupo, played in Hamilton and at a concert and dance in the Public Hall.
At the beginning of 1878 they elected a Managing Committee and prepared a Code of Rules. Major Clare was their first President and Colonel Lyon their first Patron.
By the end of 1887 the band had split in two and there are no more minutes in the book.
Researched and written by Eris Parker
Ref: Cambridge Museum Archives
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Index of Cambridge and Waikato Reed Band Members
BROWNE Thomas Henry
CAMP James T
LAMB Joseph R
MACKINTOSH / MacKINTOSH Charles D
MILLER John N
PAUL Jno H James
RANDERSON William H
SANDERS F James
WHITEHOUSE Alfred H