this article was recently shown to me by a friend of the band. i wont type the entire article out because its 5 pages long, but i just want to share a couple of interesting points that made me laugh: "Although born of the working class, the music [brass band music] united all and sundry. It did not please some, however, and angry letters appeared in newspapers. The following was typical: Dear Sir, As a Minister by the Grace of God, i raise my voice against the flagrant evil of the brass bands which are ruthlessly ignoring, scorning and trampling underfoot the Fourth Commandment. Their Sunday playing encourages immorality. there was also another one: Sir Henry Wood and Sir Frederick Bridge of the Incorporated Society of Musicians were dedicated converts to this new music [brass band music]. The young Thomas Beecham was too, until the discovery that brass bands were a threat to orchestras led him to declare "Brass bands are tosh; don't listen to 'em!" *both pieces taken from an article written by Alf Hailstone for the magazine "This England"