Records of the Hereford Waits
From Alan Radford, 15/3/2016:
When the judges held the assizes at Hereford in July 1601 they gave 2s. 6d. to the “waites of ye cittie” (Camden Misc. IV, art. ii p. 49).
[“Notes and Queries” (1904) page 504, with original source cited.]