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The years of the First Empire, and the decade before, were a golden age for the military band in France.

A larger band for the Grenadiers of the Guard comprised twelve clarinets, two clarinets in F, two piccolos, four oboes, four bassoons, four horns, two trumpets, two trombones, two serpents, one bass drum and two pairs of cymbals. It was headed on the march by drums and fifes.