"Let us imagine the Concert Society from the Conservatoire de Paris forming the plan 20 years ago of bringing art in France to the masses, gratifying all the towns of any importance with a type of music in the most pure classical tradition. Let us imagine this Society travelling all over France, welcomed with open arms wherever it went (...) Well, in another sphere, this is exactly what the Société de la Grande-Harmonie will soon be able to achieve. Wind orchestras are too recent a development for our great composers to have written works for this genre which can be considered as classics. The society will therefore not be revealing traditional works to the towns of France, as these works do not yet exist (…) It will be revealing a wonderful performance of strength, lightness, power, perfection and unison. This instrument is now available to composers and they will not be backward in making use of it (…) Let’s hope that the Société de la Grande-Harmonie, which is receiving encouragement from all sides, will also be enthusiastically received in the town where it was born. One day, Paris will be proud to have been its sponsor and to have given it its name.” The Gazette Musicale No. 32, 7th August 1853
The Paris Republican Guard was founded on 16th May 1848. The 36 drummers and 8 trumpeters of the 61st regiment infantry band mark the beginning of our story.