Maurine Lyon, of Coalfalls, launching her book, The Regals: The History of Ipswich City Vice Regal Band, is pictured with former band members Harold Conway (left) and Vic Kay.
Maurine Lyon, of Coalfalls, launching her book, The Regals: The History of Ipswich City Vice Regal Band, is pictured with former band members Harold Conway (left) and Vic Kay. David Nielsen

Work documents band's beginnings

A PART of Ipswich's musical history from the late 19th century has been recorded and published in a book.

The book, titled The History of Ipswich City Vice Regal Band, was launched on Saturday after 17 years of collating research.

Author Maurine Lyon gathered the information for the book from scrapbooks kept by her father, Alexander Clark.

Mr Clark was an Australian champion euphonium soloist, claiming the title on several occasions.

"I was personally involved in assisting my father in training the beginners until they were part of the band," she said.

Mrs Lyon said if the band's history had not been documented when it was, the stories soon would have been lost forever.

To buy a copy of the book call Mrs Lyon on 3281 4276.



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