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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Otago & Southland Provincial Districts]



The Caledonian Pipe Band Of Southland , formerly known as the Southland Pipe Band, has a strength of twenty playing members. In 1897, Mr. Kenneth Cameron, then secretary of the Highland Society of Southland, with some other compatriots, set on foot the movement which ended in the establishment of the Pipe Band. Mr. Cameron's proposal was so well received that, in twelve months after it had been made, the Pipe Band was a fully-equipped musical body, with twenty-three members. Its outfit cost £650; namely, uniforms, £370, bagpipes £240, and drums, £40. The bagpipes—sixteen sets—were specially made by the famous pipemaker, Duncan Macdougall, of Aberfeldy, Scotland, and cost £16 each. The tartan worn by the band is the famous Royal Stewart; it was manufactured by the Mosgiel Woollen Company, and made up into plaids and kilts at the New Zealand Clothing Factory, which also made up the band's sporrans, belts hose, spats, claymores, dirks, skeansdhu, glengarries and feathers, brooches, crests, and tunics. The most conspicuous of the silver mountings is the specially designed crest, which is a St. Andrew's Cross surmounted by the Scottish lion rampant, the whole encircled by a wreath of New Zealand ferns. Mr. J. McGregor is drum-major, and Mr. G. Anderson, sergeant and acting pipe-major.

The Invercargill Municipal Band was formed in 1904, as the outcome of a wish on the part of citizens to have in the town a hand which could be looked upon as more purely a citizens' band than the Garrison Band, controlled as the latter was by the military authorities.

Mr. John Walter Glennie , the recently appointed conductor of the Invercargill Municipal Band, is an employee of the Invercargill Corporation. He was born at Nelson in 1866, but was educated in Invercargill, where he learned his trade as a plumber and followed it until he received his present appointment with the Corporation in 1888. Mr. Glennie's musical experience goes back about twenty years to the time when he entered the flute band in Invercargill. He then entered—as a cornet player—the reed and brass band, and joined the Garrison Band in 1896 as leader; a position held by him until the formation of the Municipal Band in 1904. Mr. Glennie has competed at a large number of band contests. In 1897 he won the cornet championship of Australasia
Gerstenkorn, photo.J. W. Glennie.

Gerstenkorn, photo.J. W. Glennie.

at Melbourne, and he also won the New Zealand championship at Oamaru the same year, and had previously won it at Invercargill in 1894. He was second in the cornet championship of New Zealand in 1895 at Timaru, and in 1896 at Dunedin. Mr. Glennie was solo cornet in the New Zealand band which went Home in 1903. He is a member of the Invercargill Orchestral Union. Since 1882 he has been a volunteer and a member, respectively, of the Invercargill Rifles, G Mattery, and City Guards. Mr. Glennie has for some years been a member of the Invercargill Fire Brigade, in connection with which he holds trophies. Between the ages of sixteen and twenty-two he competed with great success as a professional runner and jumper, and took a large number of prizes. Mr. Glennie was married, in 1888, to a daughter of the late Mr. R. Marshall, sawmiller, Glenomarn, and has four sons and two daughters.