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MemberGavin Holman

…ene for a joke. Cartoonists have found the world of brass bands and brass players an inspiration, both in comment on the brass band movement itself and also as reflections on the contemporary political and social scenes.
 
Mar-2018 – Children as mutes – the practice of stuffing babies and young children into the bells of large brass instruments
          How many children have had their lives blighted by their fathers stuffing them into a tuba, and then having that sorry experience recorded for posterity in a photograph? It appears to have been a commonplace activity in the early years of brass bands, though we cannot know how widespread the practice …

Researching vintage brass bands from the early 1800s to the mid-1900s. Their formation, histories, pictures, contesting, memorabilia, recordings, publications etc. All material is made available for all to access via the IBEW archive: http://www.ibew.co.uk. I am collating primary and secondary material about the history of bands across the world. I recently completed the historical directory “Brass Bands of the British Isles”, with nearly 20,000 bands since 1800 (available, together with my other publications, from https://gavinholman.academia.edu), and am currently working on an overseas version, which to date includes some 1,800 US bands. Various other works on brass band history and culture have been published, including the Brass Band Bibliography – a comprensive listing of published materials about the worlds of brass and military bands. Previously Head of IT Operations at the British Library, with expertise in computer management, digital libraries, archiving, project management and review.

MemberCarolyn Bryant

Independent musicologist.  Past-President of American Musical Instrument Society (AMIS); associate editor of AMIS Journal.  Senior Editor (articles on musical instruments and their makers) for Grove Dictionary of American Music (2013) and Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments  (2014).  Exhibits researcher for Smithsonian Institution.  Also 25 years as computer scientist for U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC.

MemberMargaret D Banks

Associate Director, Senior Curator of Musical Instruments and Professor of Music, National Music Museum & Center for Study of the History of Musical Instruments, The University of South Dakota.  1978-present. Responsibilities include:  overseeing care and academic interpretation of objects, materials, and specimens belonging to the Museum; cataloging of museum collections, including scholarly determination of classification, dating, and provenance; conducting research about the Museum’s collections and publishing the results of that research; conducting research that will lead to the discovery of new knowledge or new applications of existing knowledge; teaching graduate-level courses in the history and technology of musical instruments (for unique M.M. degree with specialization in the history of musical instruments) and Museum Studies; and creation, development, and maintenance of website. Specialist in 19th-20th-century American Musical Instrument Manufacturing, particularly the C. G. Conn company of Elkhart, Indiana, and other Midwestern musical instrument manufacturers.

MemberStephen Etheridge

I was awarded my PhD from the University of Huddersfield in 2014. My research explored contested  themes in social history and musicology. Even though brass bands were a national movement I analysed the  bands of the Southern Pennines to explain why  brass bands became such a powerful metonym of northern working-class culture. I found that this cliché emerged from ca. 1840-1914 through a number of elements that were  largely external to the brass band movement. I have published on brass bands and aspects of class, gender and region. My ongoing research continues into the social networks that emerged from musical groups in the long nineteenth century and beyond. My current research projects include women and gender in military bands; jazz and working-class identity in a 1930’s Staffordshire town, and the role of discotheques in provincial life throughout the 1970s and 1980s. I have led adult-education courses at the University of Huddersfield and the University of York, and I have contributed research to the AHRC-funded  Making Music in Manchester during World War One  project, based at the Royal Northern College of Music. I also write for the northern ezine Northern Soul as a music correspondent. I am seeking post-doctoral opportunities.