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Have a very Happy Brass Band Christmas!

What to follow a Reggae Christmas and an Old Time Music Hall Christmas? A Brass Band Christmas, of course!

Hope you enjoy these five fantastic brass ensembles as they celebrate Christmas. 93 more words


Well Done Lads!

Christmas really has arrived. Put those headphones on! Listen to Lucy describe the incredible success of Besses o’ th’ Barn Band just after the war. We begin with a musical introduction by the modern-day Besses o’ th’ Barn Band recorded at the Longfield Suite in Prestwich, Greater Manchester. 131 more words

Castles and concerts

Kawaguchiko to Himeji was the next leg of our journey, which took us through Osaka. We had just enough time for breakfast in Osaka’s fancy modern train station before we caught a train to Himeji. 1,235 more words


KCUR: Fountain City Brass Band

Fresh off a successful UK tour, the Fountain City Brass Band performs holiday favorites around the region. Read about it in my first contribution to KCUR, Kansas City’s NPR affiliate. 16 more words


The Original Pinettes Brass Band

Playing on male-gendered instruments, the members of the all-women Original Pinettes Brass Band contest the male domination of the New Orleans brass band scene, queering the normative relationship between instruments and musicians and carving out a space for female musicianship. 80 more words