Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal 24 July 1896 p 2
A party of young men most of whom belong to the Hillsboro cornet band, gave Wallace a call Saturday while enroute home from the Shades. They participated with the Wallace band in furnishing music for the convention (Democratic). Come again boys, you are always welcome. We have heard the question asked, “Is the Wallace band, as a band, non-political? We think we can answer that question, and will with a big Y say yes. As individuals they have party affiliations, being about evenly divided but a band, none. They are open for employment on any political occasion, and we can recommend them to furnish music that will be equal to the occasion. However, we know it is not a second to Sousa’s or Gilmore’s band, but taking into consideration the facts that it has been only four months that the members are all beginners, and that before the organization there was not a member with but one exception, that could run the scale. Taking into consideration all these facts, we think the boys deserve credit and should not be criticized too closely.