Some months ago there was a brief discussion about which was the longest brass band name. I looked into my database and came up with the following top four from past and current bands:
- Alexandra Band of the Carriage and Wagon Department of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
- Port of Hull Society’s East Coast Mission and Sailor’s Orphan Home and School Band
- London, Brighton and South Coast Railway Operatives Literary Society Brass Band
- National Union of Operative Boot and Shoe Rivetters and Finishers Brass Band (an earlier name for Northampton Shoe Trade Brass Band)
As for the shortest name, there are several contenders – ff you leave off the “brass” and/or “band” then there are a number of three-letter candidates after the winner “BT”: Ark, Ash, BD1, BTM, Cam, Cwm, Ely, Eye, GEC, GUS, Hay, HFC, Hoo, Ide, Ivy, J36, KES, Lee, LGB, Moy, Old, Ore, PCA, Rye, Ton, UDI, Ury, Wem, Wye, and YBS. (not an exhaustive list).
With “band” or “brass” in the name the winner is still “BT Band”.