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.
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.
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.
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