A small, but select group of individuals, from all walks of life, are helping to collate, document, and preserve the heritage of the brass band movement. Some have published works in the form of books, articles or academic papers, others rely on the internet to disseminate the results of their labours.
The published material on brass bands is fairly small (see the Brass Band Bibliography), and relatively few bands (current or past) have any real documented history. Aside from a few journals, of which the British Bandsman is the only one with an unbroken publication history, researchers must rely on more obscure sources, from local archives, newpapers, local history societies, industrial and company histories – and perhaps the most valuable of all, and a diminishing resource, the memories of bandsmen and women themselves.
Those researchers which are known to the IBEW are recorded, with their interests and specialisms, in the Historians and Researchers page. Any information about others in the field would be very welcome, any researchers can have their details added.