Monthly Archives: May 2011

Tuba players and children

How many children have had their lives blighted by their fathers stuffing them into a tuba? As a tuba player myself I did not try to put either of my daughters into my instrument (albeit when they were much smaller) … Continue reading

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Grundisburgh Brass Band

The earliest known press report is the Suffolk Standard of August 1892, when the band played at a local show. In June 1893 they played at an open-air concert in the grounds of Grundisburgh Hall, and it was reported that … Continue reading

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Illinois Band?

Jack Jones’ great grandfather was a member of the band below. He has very little information about him other than he was born about 1874 in Indiana, lived in Illinois and died in 1913.  There are no clues in the … Continue reading

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Varteg Silver Band

Jon Horlor’s grandfather and various other members of his family were in the Varteg Silver Band. Varteg was a small mining village near Pontypool, Monmouthshire, Wales. The band was formed in July 1914, competed at Crystal Palace in the 1930s, … Continue reading

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Crich Brass Band

Cliff Raven sent the picture of Crich Brass Band of around 1902, below.  He and some others have unearthed some pictures and information about the band, which has been given its own page on the Crich parish website – see: … Continue reading

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A Bolton Band mystery

I was sent a copy of a picture of Bolton Borough Prize Band from 1933 by Alison Ogden. Sadly the picture was very torn, but even as a part image it was a valuable record of the band and I … Continue reading

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