Monthly Archives: October 2019

Durham Miners’ Gala

Having just been asked by my band’s librarian to identify the marches we use for the Durham Miners’ Gala (so she can get clean copies made for the 2020 event) it reminded me of some notes I’d made on the … Continue reading

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Circus bands

I had some discussions earlier this year with some members of Windjammers – the US Historical Circus Music Society – seeking details of some of their articles on the history of circus bands in the USA. Their journal “Circus Fanfare” … Continue reading

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Intemperance bands

Having produced an article on temperance bands last year (see link below), it is clear to me – and to most brass players – that abstinence from intoxicating liquids is not the norm for brass bands. Many bands had links … Continue reading

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Strange and head-scratching

There are some pictures that make you wonder “Eh?” or “Huh?” or “WTF?” (whichever you prefer). For example, this European (possibly German) cornet player is holding a dead duck/chicken? What is the story behind this?           … Continue reading

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