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The Last Bandmaster of The R.I.C. Band, 1922. W. Rafter, M.V.O. (Silver)
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John Power Clarke had served with the 61st (South Gloucestershire)
Regiment and the 7th Hussars as a bandsman but purchased his discharge in order
to obtain a more thorough training. Between 1844 and 1875, when he became
bandmaster of the Scots, he had served with seven regiments in addition to the
Royal Irish Constabulary. (source - www.military-bands.co.uk)b. 1816 Paris; his father John was Trumpeter 7th Hussars. John Power Clark is mentioned in the books ..."A hundred years of military music: Being the story of the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall" and "Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research, Volumes 22-23"below is what I have managed to unearth from google book search......[I]"An excellent example is the case of John Power Clark (1816-89). As a young man he served as a bandsman in the 61st Regiment and the 7th Hussars, where he received his earliest musical training. Purchasing his discharge so as to devote himself more thoroughly to the study of music, he betook himself to the violin and organ, being already well acquainted with wind instruments. In 1844, at the recommendation of Jullien,he was appointed Bandmaster of the 47th Regiment, but there being a vacancy in his old regiment, the 7th Hussars, he went to the latter in 1846. When at Holyrood Palace with his band he was personally complimented by the late Prince Consort. His regiment being ordered to India, he, as a civilian Bandmaster, transferred his services to the 11th Hussars, then under the Earl of Cardigan. That was early in 1853, and he stayed with the regiment until about 1861, when he went to the 36th Regiment, but soon left for the 83rd Regiment. When this regiment went abroad he was offered the bandmaster ship of two regiments at the same time, the 43rd and 54th Regiments, these being in neighbouring lines at Aldershot, This position he accepted, but when the former regiment left for Jersey, Clarke went with it, remaining there until 1873, when he became Bandmaster of the Royal Irish Constabulary.Two years later he was appointed to the Scots Guards. He was a remarkably versatile instrumentalist, and in his infantry band days, when the bandmaster led " his band with an instrument, he would, at a concert, have three or four instruments at hand for solo performances. ..."in 'The Times' December 20th,1888. Death Announcement:"On the 18th inst.suddenly,at 143 Percy-road,Uxbridge-road.JOHN POWER CLARKE,Esq.late Bandmaster of Her Majesty's Scots Guards,aged 73." (source british-genealogy.com)Bandmaster 1st Bn Ox & Bucks LI 1868-72Member, Masonic Lodge (Edinburgh & Leith no 291) 1852Composed the Grand March "Hail to the Duke" for the Scots Gds
Jun 5 13 8:44 PM
This is the cover of a volume of piano music. Sir Henry Brownrigg was Inspector-General of the Royal Irish Constabulary. The R.I.C. Band was set up in 1861. In its early days there were 26 musicians, under bandmaster Harry Hardy.
On the excellent website from the Garda Síochána Historical Society, Jim Herlihy tells us:"Mr. Hardy and his merry men progressed from stage to stage until February, 1863, when the band made its debut in the outer world. The occasion was a banquet given by the then Lord Mayor of Dublin, when the RIC Band was requested to provide the music. The result fully justified the choice. The Metropolitan Press teemed with complimentary notices and from then on, few large social gatherings took place in Dublin without its presence. Depot recruits passed out swinging past to the inspiring music of the "Young May Moon" which became the signature tune of the RIC."
Size: 36 cm
Date: Circa 1865
Engraving by: Morison Lithographers, Bachelor's Walk, Dublin
NLI Ref.: MU-vc-19 (27)
Reproduction rights owned by the National Library of Ireland
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A pattern suit of the new band uniform has been on view for the past few days at the Depot, and is the subject of much criticism. The mountings of the helmet and badge of the forage cap will be of a gold colour, and various splashings of gold braid on the skirts and arms go a little way in relieving the sombre ugliness of the regulation uniform. A mere suggestion ere the suit if finally approved of - what about a plume for the helmet?
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