Brass Band

About Brass Band

Tracing their history to the British church and military bands of the mid-nineteenth century, the Brass Band in India is a remnant of the country's colonial past and yet is now integral to its cultural weave so much so that there are thousands of big and small bands across of all of urban and rural India. Trumpets, saxophones, trombones, tubas, clarinets along with cymbals comprise a Brass Band performance and give its characteristic harmony and vivacity. As the name suggests, the entire ensemble consists of brass instruments and sometimes there are lacquered and silver plated instruments as well.A festive and celebratory music style that is popularly pressed into service at north Indian wedding processions, it is put together by a large group of musicians sometimes numbering more than 20 or 25. The brass band was in its origin a direct result of the industrial revolution that firstly brought with it the possibility of manufacturing better piston valves that were capable of producing a more precise and unswerving sound and when it came to playing were more user-friendly than the older versions. Secondly, mass production became easily possible and hence instrument manufacturer saw an unparalleled increase. The music manifests shared social revelry and is uplifting in its tunes and rendition and the themes are patriotic or derived from Hindi-film music or even folk songs. Conducted by several thousand of bands in all the states of the country during marriages, festivities and cultural functions including performances by military bands to mark a historically important event or even as part of the protocol, the Brass Band style is popular all over India.


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