The pig and the brass bands

A tale is told, anecdotally, in the annals of several brass bands, of a pig that was placed on a wall to listen to the music, and sometimes pass judgement on the quality of the sound. Similar to other stories which are claimed by more than one band as ‘theirs’, this tale does seem to be restricted to the Midlands and the North, ranging from Huncote to Ribchester.

Possibly linked to Captain Webb, of Dawley (he of cross-channel swimming fame) or just a merry jape by some local men, it seems to have been replicated in the local lore of several villages.

The paper below gives some instances of the appearance of the ‘pig on the wall’ and its possible link to a few specific bands.

A pig and a tale of several brass bands

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