The Modern Brass Band

The Modern Brass Band

From the 1930s to the New Millennium

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Following Roy Newsome's highly acclaimed study Brass Roots: One Hundred Years of Brass Bands and their Music, this book takes up the story of bands and their development from the 1930s to the start of the new millennium. Brass band contests continued to play a significant role in the twentieth century, and this new book contains a detailed consideration of both local and regional contests and larger-scale national events such as the British Open and the National Brass Band Championships. As in previous times, the repertoire of bands has been greatly influenced by these contests. Newsome explores competition works, but also the development of an increasing number of concerto-style works intended for concert performance. One of the keys to the continuing popularity and success of the banding movement has been the creation of school and youth brass bands. Sections of the book devoted to younger generations of band players examine the changes that have taken place in such bands. There is also an investigation of the impact of radio, television and commercial recording on the brass band industry. The book also contains a wealth of information about leading bands and band personalities, and concludes with an overview of the spread of interest in British-style banding overseas.

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Brass bands appeal to a broad range of musicians and audiences with an enormous repertoire, but they have enjoyed very little academic attention. Newsome (media, music and performance, U. of Salford) bridges this gap with an account of how brass bands served the public and created a robust subculture. He covers the major youth and adult competitions, the changes from the days of live bands to the inclusion of broadcasts and recordings, and the growth of banding in the UK, the US and Japan. Throughout one gets the impression that he, too, remembers watching his conductor break into happy tears after a competition performance. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate Pub., c2006
ISBN: 9780754607168
Characteristics: xviii, 387 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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