A Masonic Band

The Masonic Band was formed next and the leader was Martin White. Although this band played mostly for funerals and church parades, it made its place in history when it went to Saint John on Aug. 3, 1860 to be in the welcoming procession for the Prince of Wales. The future King was so impressed that he invited then to accompany him during his journey up the river to Fredericton the next day. As a further gesture of appreciation, His Royal Highness requested that the band adopt his crest with the motto Ich Diem (I serve) The Fredericton Daily Gleaner 04 August 2001 by Ted Jones – Fredericton Flashbacks. Used by permission

Note: based on the date they are reported to have played for the Prince the future King Edward VII, and assuming the members were Masons, (this is being researched now) the band would or probably was composed of members from either Solomon Lodge No. 522 English Registry warranted 1792 or St Andrews Lodge No. 364 Scottish Registry warranted 1852, or both may have participated. These two lodge amalgamated as Fredericton’s Hiram Lodge No. 6 in 1879.

As soon as more information on this band is found it will be passed on. From a review of the early proceedings of this Grand Lodge it would appear it probably had been disbanded prior to the formation of the Grand Lodge of New brunswick in 1868.

The Masonic Band was formed next and the leader was Martin White. Although this band played mostly for funerals and church parades, it made its place in history when it went to Saint John on Aug. 3, 1860 to be in the welcoming procession for the Prince of Wales. The future King was so impressed…