Bands structured around western wind instruments are among the most widespread instrumental ensembles in the world. Although these ensembles draw upon European military traditions that spread globally through colonialism, militarism and missionary work, local musicians have adapted the brass band prototype to their home settings, and today these ensembles are found in religious processions and funerals, military manoeuvres and parades, and popular music genres throughout the world. Based on their expertise in ethnographic and archival research, the contributors to this volume present a series of essays that examine wind band cultures from a range of disciplinary perspectives, allowing for a comparison of band cultures across geographic and historical fields. The themes addressed encompass the military heritage of band cultures; local appropriations of the military prototype; links between bands and their local communities; the spheres of local band activities and the modes of sociability within them; and the role of bands in trajectories toward professional musicianship.This book will appeal to readers with an interest in ethnomusicology, colonial and post-colonial studies, community music practices, as well as anyone who has played with or listened to their local band.
'This is a fascinating book - the first to take a global view of a musical tradition grounded on the one side in the physics of sound and the outdoors, and on the other by local cultures that go back a long way and are fiercely guarded. If you think you know something about wind bands, you are only partly right.' Kenneth Kreitner, University of Memphis, USA
Series: SOAS Musicology Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 265
Published: 13th December 2013
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6