Monthly Archives: May 2020

What did the Champions look like? – 50 years of National Brass Band Champions

Pictures of brass bands had been made since the early days of photography, with most being formal staged portraits of the band in formed rows. There were some more casual pictures taken as well as some of the bands “in … Continue reading

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A pioneer of brass in the East – Sir Robert Hart’s Chinese brass band

Sir Robert Hart was Inspector-General of the Imperial Maritime Customs Service in China from 1863 until 1908, and he was a significant British figure in recent Chinese history. His work encompassed much beyond the assessment of customs revenue, to the … Continue reading

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Brass bands and V.E. Day celebrations

Many brass bands had been forced to disband during World War Two, as their players joined the forces, or other aspects of war-time life impeded their activities. Some bands managed to merge and keep playing, some others became Home Guard … Continue reading

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Percussive thoughts

Drummers, percussionists, shed-builders – whatever you call them they are definitely the Cinderellas of the brass band world. Often overlooked musically; they suffer complaints from others about all “their” equipment that has to be transported, constructed and put away again; … Continue reading

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