British Brass Bands - historical directory 
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Of the many brass bands that have flourished in Britain 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 available to all. Compiled from existing lists in the IBEW, over 12,100 bands are recorded in this document, with some 6,300 additional cross references for alternative or previous names.

British Brass Bands - historical directory

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The next edition of this directory (currently with 18,000 bands) will include the following

  • location details of further information about specific bands, whether online or published material
  • an appendix of non-British brass bands
  • an update of brass bands including those identified since this edition
  • details of brass band historians and researchers
See also: Brass Bands Genealogy - for information on current bands' dates of origin and name changes
See also: Brass Band Ancestors - for those seeking information on people and bands
See also: Vintage Brass Band Pictures - for images of early brass bands
See also: Vintage People Pictures - for images of early bandsmen (largely unnamed)
See also: Brass Band Historians and Researchers - for details of those seeking information

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