Band, Full Dress 1904

The band of the Grenadier Guards photographed in 1904 and published in 'The Regiment' of that year, having been given permission to visit and play at the St Louis Exposition or State Fair in the USA. The caption states that 'there will be bands of all nations at the Exposition, and upon certain occasions they will be assembled into one great band of 2,000 instruments.' There is no sign of Dan Godfrey or Albert Williams here. The most senior NCO is seated 5th from the left, wearing glasses. He does not have any visible badges of rank on his sleeves but wears the sergeants' red sash on his right shoulder like the other band sergeants in the front row.

The musicians all wear the gold laced scarlet tunic with the round blue cuff that is edged in gold and has four gold button loops. The senior NCOs have the cuff flap as worn by the rest of the regiment. The three percussionists seated in the middle, however, have special tunics with gold laced sleeves. The upper part of the sleeve has vertical lines of gold while the lower part is decorated differently, but indistinct in this photo. These sleeves are inspired by the coat worn by the black time-beater of 1829.

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