The origins of brass band associations

Reading through this week’s British Bandsman I noticed in the report on the upcoming Scottish Championships that the Scottish BBA, founded in 1895, believed itself to be “the oldest such organisation in Europe, as no other similar representative groups were in existence at the time“. Sad to say this is not quite so – there were at least seven earlier brass band associations in the UK (eight if you include an anomalous one in Glasgow in 1863). For a list of the UK brass band associations and their formation dates, see:


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