Among the most prominent and popular musical organization in Hamilton in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was the regimental band with the Thirteenth militia.
The band was well known both for its leading of military parades and for its concerts held at the armories and other venues.
Above image shows the band’s internationally famous bandmaster, George Robinson, standing lower center.
Above, a photograph of the Bugle band circa 1906.
Following is a specifically undated quote which accompanied the photo :
When Lord Aylmer, Inspector-General of the-Canadian militia, inspected the Thirteenth Regiment a short time ago he requested the Bugle band of that regiment to play before him. After the selection was rendered he called Sergeant William Spauls up shook hands with him, enquired all about the band, and personally congratulated him for the excellent showing the band made.
Photos courtesy PreVIEW, Local History and Archives, Hamilton Public Library