Arthur (Drummond) Bliss

English Born 02 Aug 1891 Died 27 Mar 1975

The origins of the Musique de la Garde R├ępublicaine stretch back to 1848, though the group did not make their first official appearance until 1852 during a trooping of the colour on the Champ de Mars in Paris. Drawing public praise from the Military Governor of Paris, Filed-Marshal Magnan, the ensemble's young conductor and founder, Paulus, turned the simple group into a brass and reed orchestra with the name 'Musique de la Garde de Paris'.

In 1871 the group was renamed 'Musique de la Garde R├ępublicaine' and, from 1872, began a series of foreign tours that have taken it all over the world as a representative of French culture.

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