Monthly Archives: April 2021

Bourton-on-the-Water Brass Band

Bourton-on-the-Water is a village in the Cotswolds, sitting just off the Fosse Way Roman road, south of Stow-in-the-Wold. Since the 1930’s it has become a popular tourist destination, with its model village, motor museum, Birdland, and, not least, the quaint … Continue reading

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Cleora Miller – touring the American mid-west with her trombone and sousaphone for thirty years

Cleora Miller was a multi-instrumental musician, who toured with her parents in a musical trio, before becoming the figurehead of the show and a much loved and admired solo artist in addition to her ensemble work, eventually leading a multi-act … Continue reading

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Charles Godfrey Jnr. – the insult that lasted nine years

Charles Godfrey, bandmaster of the Royal Horse Guards, was a prolific arranger of music for brass and military bands, and also adjudicated many brass band contests. However, an unpleasant experience at the British Open contest, in September 1888, led him … Continue reading

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Hazel Gwinnup and the Six Royal Hussars

Hazel was a trombonist and saxophonist who, after touring with Helen May Butler’s Ladies’ Brass Band, joined a vaudeville brass sextet on the theatre circuit for a further six years, until she married and left the stage behind her. For … Continue reading

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