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    Caterham, Surrey.

    Title: "AS IN DAYS of OLD. Guards in hundred-year-old uniforms rehearse for great Military Tattoo to be held in Wembley Stadium".

    M/S of a brass band in old fashioned military uniforms marching past a small crowd of onlookers into an field, some of the musicians have been 'blacked up', they are followed by a battalion of soldiers in Regency style period costumes. L/S of several battalions of old fashioned soldiers marching across a field. M/S of an officer saluting in front of two soldiers baring flags. Panning shots of the battalions of soldiers standing to attention. Panning shot of some of the soldiers, still in their antique costumes, chatting and relaxing after the rehearsal.

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    British Pathé
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    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:20:03:00 / 01:21:22:00
    G 1116
    Sort Number:
    G 1115
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    Entertainment & Humour War & Revolution
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    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

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  1. johngleeson says

    AS IN DAYS OF OLD 1924. The clip illustrates a Foot Guards' band of the 1820's. The 'blacked up' musicians playing the percussion instruments were attempting to recreate Guards' band 'Turkish Music', which was fashionable in British regiments from about 1790 to 1841. These musicians dressed in Eastern costume, and performed on various percussion instruments which were played by (in the main) African-American or West Indian black musicians. The large ornamental pole carried by one of these players was the 'Turkish crescent', which gained the nickname of 'Jingling Johnnie' in Britain. The strange curved instrument in the centre of the band's front rank was the 'serpent', an ancient bass wind instrument used in bands before the tuba was invented. Other unusual instruments seen include the English bass horn and ophicleide (either end of the front rank).

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