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brass band

noun Music.
  1. a band made up principally of brass wind instruments.
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Origin of brass band

First recorded in 1825–35
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Examples from the Web for brass band

Historical Examples of brass band

  • The day began with music by the brass-band, from the roof of the presidencia.

    In Indian Mexico (1908)

    Frederick Starr

  • It isn't safe, sir, to hunt Indians with an animal that carries a brass-band attachment.

    Last of the Great Scouts

    Helen Cody Wetmore

  • The "brass-band" promoter, be it understood, is therefore not without honor in the Far West.

  • She referred to the Siskiyou brass-band, which was rehearsing the march from “Fatinitza” in an adjacent room in the building.

  • During a brass-band contest a few days ago three members of the winning band were taken ill just after they had finished playing.

British Dictionary definitions for brass band

brass band

  1. See band 1 (def. 2)
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brass band in Culture

brass band

A musical group composed of brass and percussion instruments. Sometimes called marching bands, brass bands often play at athletic events and military exercises and in parades.

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