• Thirsty work – brass bands and the temperance movement in the 19th century

    Author(s):
    Gavin Holman (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Subject(s):
    Brass Instruments, 19th-century social history
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    temperance, alcoholism, brass bands
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/bmfa-3k07
    Abstract:
    Playing a brass instrument is thirsty business. All that pneumatic effort, spit and water vapour will leave the average player needing a good drink after a rehearsal or a concert – possibly the reason that brass bands, in particular, have been renowned for enjoying a tipple or two – though hopefully not before their performances. Nevertheless, brass bands have had a long association with the temperance movement, which advocated abstinence from alcohol, helping to promote the teetotal message to the public. The 19 th century saw the rise of the fight against alcohol and the parallel increase in the popularity and availability of bands led to brass bands being adopted or established by various temperance organisations. This paper gives a brief overview of the temperance movement and brass bands associated with it, together with some contemporary portraits of temperance bands, drink-related band tales, and lists of the temperance bands over the last 200 years
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