Brass Band Cartoons

Brass Band Celebrities of the 1930s

Brass Band Celebrities of the 1930s

As with the previous post on poetry, cartoonists have found the world of brass bands an inspiration, both in comment on the brass band movement itself and also as reflections on the contemporary political and social scenes.

 

 

 

Bandsmen should become combatants

Bandsmen should become combatants

Original cartoons, from publications such as Punch, in the 19th century, are fairly rare but, in the absence of photographs in the press until the later part of the century, cartoons and line drawings were the main method for illustration.

 

 

 

Bands in the agony of final rehearsal

Bands in the agony of final rehearsal

Both humorous and serious portrayals were produced. Caricatures of band “celebrities” were often used in the press in the 1920s to 1950s in particular. Advertisments featured cartoons regularly and they were also used to illustrated articles and news reports. Cartoons and caricatures are still around today, though the photographic and video media far outweigh the line drawn artworks.

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Despondent band

Despondent band

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Brass Band News 1908

Brass Band News 1908

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frank Wright

Frank Wright

Distin performer

Distin performer

 

Harry Mortimer

Harry Mortimer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brassed Off

Brassed Off

Nezzy's cornet player

Nezzy’s cornet player

 

 

 

 

 

See Nezzy’s cartoons for a current artist portraying the funny side of brass band life today.

For a large collection of brassy cartoon and graphic images – instruments, people and ensembles – see the IBEW Gallery

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