Author Archives: Gavin Holman

Earby Brass Band History

A new book – The History of Earby Brass Band – has been written by Stephanie Carter. Copies are available from Earby & District Local History Society (£10 + £3.50 p&p) – email info@earbyhistory.co.uk for details. Earby Brass Band can … Continue reading

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More on the ladies

Some further papers have been published – which completes my investigations into the distaff side of brass music (at least for the time being!). These are available at https://gavinholman.academia.edu/research Scoring for the ladies – the women composers of music for brass … Continue reading

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Women and Brass

A new paper has been recently published and is available at: https://gavinholman.academia.edu/research Women and Brass: the female brass bands of the 19th and 20th centuries Brass bands have been a musical force across the world over the last 200 years. Mainly … Continue reading

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New brass band research papers (4)

Four new papers have been recently published and are available at: https://gavinholman.academia.edu/research Brass drawings – a look at the depiction of brass bands and bandsmen through the eyes of the cartoonist and illustrator Brass bands, their players and instruments have … Continue reading

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Book: Brass Bands of the British Isles – historical directory

Of the many brass bands that have flourished in Britain and Ireland over the last 200 years very few have documented records covering their history. This directory is an attempt to collect together information about such bands and make it … Continue reading

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How many brass bands? 19,634!

There have been many estimates of the number of brass bands over the years. These have ranged widely and, in most cases, were greatly exaggerated. My research to date has identified nearly 20,000 distinct brass bands which existed in the British Isles between 1880 and … Continue reading

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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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