Author Archives: Gavin Holman

Researching the History of Brass Bands

A new paper has recently been published and is available at: https://gavinholman.academia.edu/research Researching the History of Brass Bands – a guide to the resources available For those wishing to delve into the history of brass bands there are various sources available, both … Continue reading

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New brass band research papers

Four new papers have been recently published and are available at: https://gavinholman.academia.edu/research Damen und Damen – Ladies’ professional travelling brass ensembles of the German Empire 1871-1918 Travelling musicians and entertainers had been a part of European life for centuries. In the … Continue reading

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Women Composers for Brass Band

As part of the Women Make Music campaign supported by the Performing Rights Society, the Harrogate Band is featuring the works of female composers and arrangers of brass band music in its concerts throughout the year. The band has a proud … Continue reading

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Brass Band Cartoons

As with the previous post on poetry, cartoonists have found the world of brass bands an inspiration, both in comment on the brass band movement itself and also as reflections on the contemporary political and social scenes.       … Continue reading

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Brass Band Poems

Over the years several bands have been immortalised in poetry. From those lauding their heroes to the ones which are critical or even insulting. From the earliest days poets have found something in the music of the bands and the … Continue reading

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Frank Wright

I was sent an interesting dinner menu by Geoffrey Hosier celebrating the 78th birthday of John Henry Iles, and in honour of Frank Wright on his departure to Australia and New Zealand. The dinner was held at Manchester on 17th … Continue reading

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Comic bands – kazoo & zobo

I was recently sent a picture of Professor Mugger-Swaggers Band from Batley. Though not a true brass band, it was interesting as an example of the “comic” bands which were active in the 1890s and 1900s, formed to entertain the … Continue reading

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