Jump On the Bandwagon

bandstand
‘The uniforms of the band members was of dark blue serge having a neat colour and trimmed with brass buttons, while a stiff blue peaked cap covered our head. Since the girls of the country were not used to seeing many boys in uniforms, the band boys always proved to be most popular with the ladies at these affairs. Our travel speed at all times was never fast, so when the wagon approached an orchard of some type of fruit, one or more of the boys had time to leave the wagon, fill pockets and cap with fruit and by a little hurrying again reach the wagon and divide the fruit. Unless completely exhausted on if not all the group would be singing or playing the band instruments. It only took one person to start when others joined in.””{Jumping on the <ahref=”http://www.morewood.net/images/g018.jpg”;band wagon” may have provided a means of transportation to neighbouring villages
for non-band members providing there was room.}

“During World War I, there were a number of boys from the village and the surrounding community killed in action. One of those was Captain Ernest GLASGOW so in his memory, his brothers Albert and Will GLASGOW plus help from the community erected a monument that replaced the band stand.””Elder SMIRLE was a natural born musician like his father, playing several different instruments. Except for his father was the only member of the band to expertly play the slide trombone. I (James Arnot MACGREGOR) cannot refrain from adding that Mr. Henry SMIRLE became a close friend while I was still a young boy. I visited the blacksmith shop at least once, but more frequently several times a day. The visits might only be for a few minutes, but could be an hour or more and the practice continued until I left Morewood to live elsewhere. He was a gifted natural born musician but played the violin best. As a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows(I.O.O.F), he was keenly interested in the Brass Band, and after new instruments and uniforms were purchased, it wasn’t long before he had mastered all the instruments, whether played in treble or bass cleft.” “He was not only the leading cornetist, but a competent player of the trombone or the large E flat bass horn. Then when much fault was found with the Lodge member playing the bass horn, this is how he solved the quandry. He first asked me if I would like to learn how to play the horn, and when my answer was in the affirmative he said there would have to be some Lodge rules changed before it was possible, as only a lodge member could be a member of the band. Since my father (Daniel Peter MACGREGOR) was a lodge member and a new rule soon stated that a son of a member could be in the band, I was on my way to becoming a dependable E flat bass player. We started right away, using Mr. SMIRLE’s leisure evening hours and any few minutes that I could get away and he could spare from the anvil. In a few weeks I was a regular band member and continued to be for many years.”

Although the band stand was replaced by the cenotaph, the actual structure itself may still be intact behind the LOUGHRIDGE Hotel (now a private residence)

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