Monthly Archives: February 2022

A sextet of bandsmen in a field

A sextet of bandsmen in a field. Possibly members of Coniston Brass Band. The word ‘Coniston’ can just about be made out at the bottom of the drum – though it is not 100% certain. There are six men, possibly … Continue reading

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Byesville bands

These two ladies are members of the Byesville Ladies’ Band. Byesville is a village in Ohio that supported several bands in the first half of the 20th century, from at least 1900 onwards. Sadly there is little available information about … Continue reading

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Band at the Rising Sun Inn

An unknown band standing outside the Rising Sun Inn, Broadwell, Coleford, Gloucestershire. William Baynham was the landlord (as named above the door) from 1911 to 1930. The band is likely to be one of several in the Forest of Dean … Continue reading

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Joseph Manton Smith

Joseph Manton Smith was a Victorian cornetist & evangelist. Joseph started his musical career in the London music halls but, after attending a Baptist college, dedicated his life to the ministry, where he preached and performed on the cornet, to … Continue reading

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Cynicus and the Big Brass Band

Martin Anderson (1854-1932) was a Scottish artist who produced cartoons and illustrations for many publications. He adopted the pen name ‘Cynicus’. and was particularly popular in the 1890’s and 1900’s, and his work mostly survives today in the form of … Continue reading

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Thomas Raistrick – Champion Boy Cornetist

Tom Raistrick became the principal cornet player of the Shipley Brass Band at the age of 13 in 1905 and established himself as an accomplished soloist in his own right. He went on to direct the Band of the 6th … Continue reading

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The Tyler Family Band 1843-1889

Joseph Tyler, an accomplished clarinetist, had thirteen children with his two wives, and formed two Family Bands which toured the British Isles and France over a period of nearly half a century. In addition to performing in their own concerts, … Continue reading

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Bramley Old Band

The Bramley Old Band, photographed in 1920 with a range of trophies from earlier contest successes. The West Leeds certificate and cup, in front of the bass drum, were won at the contest on 23 October 1909, where the band … Continue reading

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