I have uploaded updated versions of my papers on ladies’ brass bands and family brass bands. Originally produced in 2018 and 2017 respectively, a number of new bands and further information has been added to each.
Women and Brass: the female brass bands of the 19th and 20th centuries – The female brass band is a somewhat rare beast, even today, though it did enjoy a “golden era” during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s in the USA. In this paper are details of some 410 female brass bands – a very small number compared to their male equivalents
Keep it in the Family – the Family Brass Bands that entertained the USA and UK in the late 19th and early 20th centuries – Family bands were not uncommon in the later 1800’s and early 1900’s. They were most prevalent in the USA but other countries had their fair share, including the UK and Germany. Some bands were amateur in their activities, and remained resident in their local area. Others adopted the professional mantle and travelled the country giving concerts, appearing at shows, circuses and on the stage. Although the various family bands had different line-ups and instrumentation, they were quite popular as entertainment troupes, sometimes singing, dancing and performing sketches in addition to their, often, multi-instrumental abilities. This paper gives details and pictures of more than 190 such named bands.