Parapress Ltd., Tunbridge Wells, 1st ed., 1996. Xi + 173 pp., numerous photo-ills. D.j., 25 x 18cm. Owner's bookplate & note to f.e.p.'s o/w FINE. 10 Original Photographs relating to The Royal Military School of Music + 2 cuttings, tipped-in. When the Duke of Cambridge, Commander-in-Chief of the British Army, founded Kneller Hall in 1857, British bands were much under the influence of Continental musicians, many bandmasters being foreign or civilian, or both. The establishment of the Royal Military School of Music succeeded in breaking free of this influence and in creating a superb new level of professionalism which has made British bands the standard for military music throughout the world. This book traces the story of the institution, and gives a clear account of the history of the building, first constructed by famous court painter Godfrey Kneller in 1709, and of the development of music in the Army. This copy comes with ten original photographs tipped-in, relating to The Royal Military School of Music. Uncommon.