Victorian bands and their dissemination in the colonies

Herbert, T. and Sarkissian, M. (1997) Victorian bands and their dissemination in the colonies. Popular Music, 16 (2) pp. 165-179. ISSN 0261-1430 (print) 1474-0095 (online)


From the late 1840s, amateur brass bands and professional military bands became widespread in Europe and America due to the sudden availability of low-priced valve instruments. Band music also became an important feature of colonial life. Towards the end of the century, the indigenous populations of colonized countries started playing brass instruments, often with the encouragement or teaching of colonizers. The resulting cultural assimilation in Asia, Africa, and the Pacific is discussed.

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