Sightless but full of sound – blind band musicians of the past

I recently re-discovered my photo of the “Only Crippled Children’s Brass Band in the World”, which was based in Staffordshire around 1910 – just one of the many institutional, industrial school and orphanage bands. This reminded me of other bands of disabled players, almost exclusively blind people, and I collected together what information I had. To my surprise I also found the current Ohio State Blind School Marching Band. It is difficult enough trying to march and play while sighted – this band is an inspiration. For more information about these bands of the past, see the short article below.

https://www.academia.edu/41854964/Sightless_but_full_of_sound_-_blind_band_musicians_of_the_past

phot1787 Bethany Home Brass Band

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