This blog is an ad hoc collection of postings about some of the background, sources and news related to research in the history of brass bands, as collated in the IBEW website.
The IBEW is the major reference source on the internet for brass bands history – as well as material and directories relating to the world of brass bands and brass musicianship today.
Gavin Holman created the IBEW in 1997 and the site now contains details of over 20,000 brass bands and over 18,000 images of vintage brass bands. A comprehensive brass bands bibliography is only one of many other resources freely available on the site.
There is also an active Facebook group “The History of Brass Bands” where people can post and discuss any aspects of banding history. See: https://www.facebook.com/groups/145016798904992/
Contributions and material relating to the brass bands of the past are always welcome to add to the IBEW online resources.
Various documents, articles and books about the history of brass bands are available for download from my Academia site – gavinholman.academia.edu/research