Brass Bands of the World

Following my historical directory of the brass bands of the British Isles, the companion volume, covering the rest of the world is now available. Again, it is far from complete, even more so given the range and extent of possible research sources for such bands. However, I regard this as a starting point, with over 9,500 bands identified (with some further 2,700 additional cross references for alternative or previous names. In addition, the availability of information, and some language issues, has meant that a fewer number of bands have anything more than basic existence and/or an extant date for them.

Certainly this is not the end of the story – increasing amounts of historical material are available online (digitised newspapers and archives, for example), which will allow more in-depth research for further bands and further details for known ones.

As always, I welcome any information about such bands, which will go towards the next edition.

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