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  1. Brasspenguin

    History of Brass Bands

    I have just discovered that the earliest known sound recording is actually a phonautogram of an unknown cornetist playing a scale in 1857 - 20 years before Edison and his phonograph. The earliest known recording of a human voice appeared later, in 1860. This was uncovered following research in...
  2. Brasspenguin

    Female brass band composers and arrangers

    Few women feature as composers of music for brass bands, It is a sad reflection of the male dominated band world that the relatively few works that do exist rarely seem to get performed in concerts. The contribution of women to the brass band movement cannot be understated, in the early days...
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    Brass quintet or quartet wanted urgently

    Can anyone help Paul? (see below) +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Your Name: Paul Robertson Your Email Address: Your location: Colchester Essex UK Message: Sir, I am wishing to book either a brass quintet or quartet for the evening of 1 Apr 09. I know it is...
  4. Brasspenguin

    The G Bass Trombone

    Gavin Dixon is curator of musical instruments at the Horniman Museum in South London. He is researching the G bass trombone and the story of its demise. He is keen to find out how long this took, if G players switched to Bb or were replaced by Bb players, and whether any company apart from...
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    What's New in the IBEW - September 2008

    What's New to the IBEW - entries for September 2008 * - Websites which have changed address Brass Bands Belle Vue Brass Band Darwen Brass* Immortal Brass Eternally Kempsey District Silver Band Markham & District Band Shaftesbury Town Silver Band Smyrna Brass* Surfers Paradise...
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    You can perform with Desford Colliery Band

    Desford have offered their services to support a charity auction, where one of the lots is the opportunity to perform with the band at one of their Christmas concerts. The online auction closes on 27th July 2008. For details see
  7. Brasspenguin

    Bands of Greater Manchester

    Matthew Walker is currently researching the brass bands of Greater Manchester, collating a brief history and major achievements of every past and present band and a photograph where available. Currently he has completed the Bolton area, and published the book - The History of Farnworth and...
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    What's New in the IBEW - August 2007

    What's New to the IBEW - entries for August 2007 * - Websites which have changed address Brass Bands Backworth Colliery Band Brassaventure Corus Concert Band Dungarvan Brass Band* Elland Silver Band* Farnworth & Walkden Band Fellowship Brass Frickley & South Elmsall Brass Band*...
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    What's New in the IBEW - July 2007

    What's New to the IBEW - entries for July 2007 * - Websites which have changed address Brass Bands Armagh Old Boys Silver Band* Barrow Concert Band Bedford Congress Hall Band* BTM Band* Ebbw Vale Town Band Felling Band* Hawk Green Marple Silver Band* Kirkby Colliery Welfare...
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    What's New in the IBEW - June 2007

    What's New to the IBEW - entries for June 2007 * - Websites which have changed address Brass Bands Ampthill Town Band Art Freedom Brass Band Bactiguard Wire Brass* Brass Band H.B.B.* Brass Sounds Inverclyde Band Brassband Posaunenchor Marthalen Brassband TSB...
  11. Brasspenguin

    Essex Bands

    A new book by a Colchester bandsman is bound to bring back memories for our many members all over the country who love their brass bands. Written by lifetime bandsman and local historian David Cawdell and entitled “Grandad played the Cornet” the book traces the history of brass bands...
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    What's New in the IBEW - May 2007

    What's New to the IBEW - entries for May 2007 * - Websites which have changed address Brass Bands Bedale Brass Band* Bugle Silver Band* Ceramic Brass Chester Brass Band* Cottingham Band* Downton Band* Eccleston Brass Band Heathfield Silver Band Knighton Town Silver Band*...
  13. Brasspenguin

    Frederick Hayes - Llanhilleth and Cinderford Bands

    Query from Sian Mackey - ---------------------------------------------------------------------- My great-grandfather, Frederick James Hayes, conducted the Llanhilleth Brass Band in 1900. We know this as the band presented him with an engraved baton in December 1900...
  14. Brasspenguin

    Henry Metcalfe - Composer and publisher?

    Query from Norman Field - ---------------------------------------------------------------------- I am researching my great great grandfather Henry James Metcalfe, who was active in brass bands, composing & publishing in Wolverhampton for about 30 years until his death in...
  15. Brasspenguin

    US Native American brass/concert/marching bands

    Seeking information on US Native American brass/concert/marching bands Cathleen O'Connell is an independent documentary producer researching film about Native American bands 1890-present day. Looking for photos, ephemera, oral histories, musicians & their relatives. Anyone with any...
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    Shaftsbury Institute Band

    Query from Ann Morrisey - ---------------------------------------------------------------------- I am currently researching my family tree and have found out that my Dad used to march at the front of the Shaftsbury Institute Band (I think it was part of the boys...
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    Lavender Hill Temperance Band

    Julia Thomas has been given a medallion by her father, won by her great grandfather, H. T. Embury at the Crystal Palace Brass band contest of July 10th 1901 as a member of Lavender Hill Temperance Band which won first prize. The Band are known to have competed in the 4th Section National...
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    Edgar Hargreaves - Water Band (Rossendale)

    Query from Janet Warren - ---------------------------------------------------------------------- "My father, Edgar Hargreaves, played in Water Band (Rossendale) on & off for most of his life. (He died in 1983) I have been led to believe that some of his ancestors may...
  19. Brasspenguin

    Vintage Bandstands

    Bandstands flourished in late Victorian and Edwardian times, but since the Second World War, when many were dismantled, along with house railings, to aid the war effort, there have been fewer of these fine edifices gracing our public places. The Vintage Bandstands site provides a location to...
  20. Brasspenguin

    Glynneath District Silver Band

    Thanks to Terry Tilley for the early history of Glynneath District Silver Band, which has now been added to the IBEW.