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[band-mas-ter, -mah-ster] /ˈbændˌmæs tər, -ˌmɑ stər/
the conductor of a military band, circus band, etc.
Origin of bandmaster
First recorded in 1855-60; band1 + master Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The brass band, being placed in a circle with the bandmaster in the centre, commenced performing music which was rather mixed.

    The Mapleson Memoirs, vol II James H. Mapleson
  • The bandmaster was always ready to help us in every way possible.

    A Soldier's Life Edwin G. Rundle
  • It must have been some other bandmaster—not Captain Stanley.

    Special Messenger Robert W. Chambers
  • No, these two—the bandmaster, the fellow who's taking these women about and our Schomberg.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • I have not been to the bandmaster, Lachner, yet, as I have not room enough to receive return visits.

    Frederic Chopin, v. 1 (of 2) Moritz Karasowski
  • Maar, bandmaster at Breslau, gave him his first instruction in counterpoint.

    Frederic Chopin, v. 1 (of 2) Moritz Karasowski
  • “I think that you should ask your sister first,” suggested the bandmaster.

    Special Messenger Robert W. Chambers
  • The bandmaster, with his back to the gathering, seemed rather agitated.

    Pincher Martin, O.D. H. Taprell Dorling
  • All the ladies of the town were there on the platform, and, in his turn, the bandmaster from the village of Mourmillon came up.

  • The old girl borrowed a bassoon from the bandmaster of the Rifle Regiment.

    Bleak House Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for bandmaster


the conductor of a band
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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