Some years ago, I received the Attendance Book for the Hambledon Brass Band, which covers the period from the beginning of 1920 through to September 1925. A mark is made against each member’s name for each rehearsal together with the occasional annotation or additional information. As a historical record, if one were to analyse the attendance records, I am sure you could make reach interesting conclusions, but (at least at the present) life is too short for that!
The following paper examines the three brass bands that existed in Hambledon, of which the second one, chronologically, is the main focus, and uncovers a surprising link with the “cradle of cricket” and the composer Peter Warlock.
The digitised Attendance Book is appended to the paper.