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A Brass Band includes some of the standard orchestral brass instruments (trombone, tuba and French Horn) together with several other non-orchestral brass instruments. These include cornets (instead of trumpets), flugelhorns, and euphoniums.

The photo at left shows a small family brass band, with two cornets, two trombones, one flugelhorn and one tuba.

In the UK, brass bands began to emerge in the 1830s, often attached to factories and sponsored by their owners. With railways making transport easier cheaper and quicker, competitions between town and factory bands became very popular. At one stage, attendances at brass band performances in the rotunda of the local park were so huge, that people said that brass band contests have become the only serious rivals to football matches.

Amateur Brass bands are today very popular in most countries of the English-speaking world, and competitions between village and town bands are still extremely popular. They play in the open air and in halls. There is much music written for the brass band, and they also play arrangements of classical and romantic music, and popular tunes. They often also play on the march, accompanied by a big bass drum.

Music featuring the Brass Band. Audio is available for 2 tunes for this ensemble.
No.Name of WorkComposerCategoryPeriod
1 British Grenadiers MarchVariousFolk SongTraditional
2 When Johnny Comes Marching HomeVariousFolk SongTraditional
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