Instruments don't last forever and in November 1898 a 2 day bazaar was held in the Drill Hall for the purpose of buying new instruments and securing the services of a professional teacher. The bazaar was a great success. It was organised under the chairmanship of the North Kirk minister, Mr. McKerrow, assisted by such men as Charles Cameron, Robert White and Bailie WA Thompson. The first day's drawing was £90 and they went on to a final figure of £200. Needless to say, the Committee were cock-a-hoop with such wealth as this then was. Twelve new instruments were purchased, six old ones were overhauled and those not needed were sold. The cost of this improvement was £100. George Johnstone, a former bandmaster, remembers when he was looking for £6,000 for a similar project. Such is the price of progress.
To secure a professional teacher 13 applications were considered. The final choice was J. Ord Hume of