A Military Band is conducted by a Bandmaster and attached to an army unit.
Members of the Viceroy's Band
These were generally seconded from British Army Units. If an ancestor is shown on a record as being in the Viceroy's Band then one should look for him on the Unattached List for that year. Here, besides his name and former regiment , will be found his enlistment details, physical description and other personal information.
- John Kerr - Unattached List- Sergeant in the Viceroy’s Band The Asplin Military History Resources
- This link contains Photographs of the Band 1/6th Battalion, The East Surrey Regiment TF, Agra, April 7th 1918 and also 1916 queensroyalsurreys.org.uk
- This link contains a Photograph of the Band 1st Battalion, The East Surrey Regiment, Lahore 1932. queensroyalsurreys.org.uk
- This link refers to Bands of the British Army by W.J. Gordon, illustrated by F. Stansell. 1921. It mentions “it is particularly interesting in that it portrays all of the drum horses of the cavalry regiments as well as a representative selection of bandsmen from the Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers, the foot guards & the infantry of the line - in total, 68 figures”, which may be viewed in this link
- On the night of 4th December 1874, the bandmaster of the 72nd Highlanders, stationed at Peshawar, was carried off by a party of raiders belonging to the Zakha Khel clan.
- History of British Military Bands. military-bands.co.uk is a site intending to present an online version of the 3 volume book History of British Military Bands by Gordon Turner & Alwyn W Turner (pub Spellmount 1994-97). Some regiments that saw service in India are already mentioned and it will be worth checking back from time to time as the undertaking progresses.
- "Every Day A Bonus" by Ken Clarke from Regimental Association of The Queen's Own Buffs (PWRR): The Journal issues No 11-14 Autumn 2005- Spring 2007. The pages covering the voyage to India in 1933, time in India, and voyage back to England in 1938 are (11)48-49; (12)29-39; (13)15-25; (14)38.
- Issue 11, 12, 13, 14
- Issues 11 and 14. He joined the Army as a Boy Musician in 1932 aged 14 and went as part of a a draft to India leaving 4th February 1933 on the troopship HMT Dorsetshire, returning to England on the Dilwara arriving Southampton on 13th January 1938.
- Issues 12-14. His time in India with the 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, in Gough Barracks in the cantonment of Trimulgherry, and time spent in Wellington in the Nilgiri Hills. Issue 13 includes a move of the regiment to Karachi, and his time playing in the band there. Issue 14 includes his time studying at the Royal Military School of Music.
- 8 photographs of the Calcutta Servicemen's Band, 1945 (scroll down to India) from “Vintage Brass Band Pictures - Other Countries” from IBEW (Internet Bandsman's Everything Within)
- Madras Infantry Band no date. Either Madras Army or Indian Army. From IBEW, see link above.
Historical books online
- Trumpet and Bugle Sounds for the Army: with instructions for the training of trumpeters and buglers, published 1914 archive.org
- Memoirs of the Royal Artillery Band: its Origin, History and Progress: an Account of the Rise of Military Music in England by Henry George Farmer 1904 Archive.org