Monthly Archives: March 2021

Castle Howard Reformatory School Band

The Castle Howard Reformatory School was one of the many institutions set up in the late 18th and 19th centuries to cater for sick, orphaned, destitute, and criminal children. This Reformatory was established in 1856 and the education and training … Continue reading

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Nettie Goff – trombone soloist and minstrel actress

Nettie Goff was an African-American trombone soloist and actress who toured the eastern and southern USA with a number of different minstrel shows in the 1890’s and 1900’s. With her husband, Will Garland, she also undertook various European tours. Sadly, … Continue reading

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Ladies of Brass

To mark International Women’s Day, 2021, here are few papers of mine which look at the contribution women made to brass bands and their performances as brass soloists in the early days. From the solo performer to the female brass … Continue reading

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