Monthly Archives: August 2021

The Easy Way to Play Brass Instruments

The Easy Way to Play Brass Instruments was a series of articles that appeared in Brass Band News. They were collected and published a 40 page booklet in 1918, subtitled ‘A scientific method for young and old players’. Jesse Rupert … Continue reading

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Bandwagons – transports of delightful sounds

Most photographs of bands of the 19th and early 20th centuries show them posed formally in several rows, or perhaps informally in a loose grouping. Occasionally they will be pictured ‘in action’ marching, performing on the street, in a park … Continue reading

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Bands of the Broch – the brass musicians of Fraserburgh

The photograph below is of the Fraserburgh Rifle Volunteers Band, one of several brass and military bands that called this north-east Scotland fishing town home from the 1850’s to WW1. The full story of the bands can be found in … Continue reading

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City of London Artillery Band

The Band of the 1st City of London Artillery Volunteer Corps. This photo is dated some time between 1902, when the brigade was attached to the Royal Garrison Artillery, and 1908 when the Artillery Volunteers were disbanded and replaced by … Continue reading

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West Creek Cornet Band

A correspondent sent me this photo of the drum of the West Creek Cornet Band – from Ocean County, New Jersey. Nothing is known about its history other than it was acquired in an estate sale in the 1970’s. Charles … Continue reading

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