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Neale explores the necessity of military bands. Do they provide a service or are they just for show? Using the 26th North Carolina Regimental Band and others from the Civil War period as examples, he describes their importance as morale boosters during battles and on the march as well as other duties as couriers, stretcher bearers, guards, wagon train escorts, service in the hospitals, and caring for the wounded. Bands today still carry out their two-fold responsibility of musical and combat support; however, federal funding and finding qualified musicians has been steadily declining since 1993.
Recall (NoCar F 252 .R43), Vol. 12 Issue 1, Spr 2006, p15-18, il, bibl