The Bicycle Band: Picturing Canterbury

The Bicycle Band of 1898 claimed to be the only one of its type in the world. There was a brief recreation in 2010 at the Ellerslie Flower Show. In NZ Music Month why not check out some mighty Kiwi Brass bands from our libraries.

NZOnScreen reminds us how much brass bands and highland pipe bands provided the soundtrack to major civic events and  film reels in this great celebration of VE Day.
Weekly Review No. 195 - New Zealand Celebrates VE Day

For the real live feel of a brass band get along to Hornby Library on Saturday May 11 at 10.45am to hear the New Zealand Army Band which is the creme de la creme of bands.

photograph of the Bicycle Band in 1898

photograph of Bicycle Band

3 thoughts on “The Bicycle Band: Picturing Canterbury

  1. Sarndra 11 May 2013 / 9:14 am

    🙂 another lovely quirky piece of our history!

    Here’s the grave at Bromley Cemetery of another early music pioneer in Christchurch. Edward Charles DERRY, Champion Cornet player and organiser of Derry’s Military Band which was formed in the early 1890’s. http://www.flickr.com/photos/porkynz/8362794225/
    There are several snaps of the photo beside this main one. Unfortunately the quakes have hit the cemetery bad, like every other cemetery 😦

    • Marion 22 July 2013 / 8:49 am

      Glad to hear this. I took photos of the band at Ellerslie because I knew we had the historic photos. They generated a lot of interest. Would love to know when you have any public performances – you bring a smile to the dial.

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