Monthly Archives: May 2020

Poetry of brass bands

An update has been made to my collection of brass band poems. Now totalling 99 odes on various brass banding topics from the players to contests, of various lengths and styles, by bandsmen themselves or fans of the band, from … Continue reading

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Gibsthwaite jugglers

Where’s the brass band you ask? Well it is actually within the roped enclosure in the foreground, playing suitable martial music to accompany the biennial Gibsthwaite Athletics, Sports, Horticultural and Industrial Show in September 1905, where the highlight of the … Continue reading

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The Lads of Kent Boys’ Brass Band – training for the forces and touring in Edwardian England

Originally known as the Brompton Boys’ Institute Band, from the New Brompton Orphanage in Kent, its proprietor Henry Allen developed the band from its formation in 1896 into a touring set of brass ensembles – the “Lads of Kent” that … Continue reading

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The Curtain Falls – the end of St Hilda’s Band

In December 1937, James Southern, band manager of the famous St Hilda’s Professional Band, announced it would be disbanding. In an article he outlined the history of the band from its earliest days in South Shields attached to the local … Continue reading

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Police band cartoons

In 1937 Charles Ingles, of the Metropolitan Police Central Band, was invited to produce some cartoons for the Musical Progress and Mail magazine. He delivered a dozen pictures which were then published each month. Although they clearly represent military band … Continue reading

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Inverness – a look at its brass bands from the 1840’s to 1936

Brass bands have been very thin on the ground in the highlands of Scotland, indeed Inverness-shire has only seen two bands at Fort William and one at Tarbert, outside Inverness itself. The current Highland Brass, which was formed in 2013 … Continue reading

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The cornet madam and the trombonist actress

What do a brothel madam in New Orleans and a comic actress in Paris have in common? Not a lot you’d think, but they were both accomplished brass players. Antonia Gonzales duetted on her cornet with Tony Jackson and Jelly … Continue reading

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