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Brass Bands Ephemera & Memorabilia: Volume 1 - Band Badges



A collection of illustrations of badges issued by and supporting brass bands
Brass Bands
Ephemera & Memorabilia
Volume 1 Band Badges
Gavin Holman, February 2022
Cover photograph: The trophy won by Blandford Town Brass Band for their first place at the Great
National Contest at the Crystal Palace, Sydenham on 28th July 1863, conducted by Robert Eyers. This
was one of the earliest “national” contests, arranged by Enderby Jackson, establishing the model for the
next 150 years.
Brass bands and their music, as with all other social activities, attract and use a wide variety of
physical objects to assist them in their purposes. These may be practical (e.g. for performances
and rehearsal), promotional (advertising and marketing), information (programmes and
leaflets), presentation (trophies and awards), identifying (uniforms and badges). Many of these
have been lost over the years, sometimes due to their ephemeral nature and lack of perceived
value beyond the band itself or the related event. Some have survived and now exist in personal
collections, with bands themselves, or in archives and museums.
This document displays some examples of such items, as an indicative introduction to the
breadth and wealth of such material most of which will have a story behind it, if only to
remind us of the band or event associated with it.
Band Badges
Badges, made of metal or more recently, plastic, have been worn by the players in bands and
their supporters since the late 19th century. Most would have been pinned to jackets or band
uniforms, and some would have been sold to people as souvenirs. All the items below are British
in origin unless otherwise specified.
Adamant Brass Band
Adamant Brass Band
Band Badges
Adelaide Citadel Silver Band, Australia
Ashington Colliery Band
Avonbank Brass Band, Evesham
Baldwins Workmens Prize Band, Kenfig
Bedford Town Band
Belper United Prize Band
Band Badges
Bendigo Hopetoun Brass Band, Australia
Blackpool County Borough Band
Box Hill City Band, Australia
Box Hill District Brass Band, Australia
Brighouse & Rastrick Band
Brighouse & Rastrick Band
Band Badges
Brighouse & Rastrick Band
Brunswick City Municipal Band, Australia
Bulkington Silver Band
Burnley Borough Band
Caernarvon Town Band
Callenders Cable Works Bamd
Band Badges
Camborne Town Band
Camborne Town Band
Carlisle Indian School Band, Pennsylvania, USA
Coburg City Band, Australia
Crossley Carpets Band
Daylesford Brass Band, Australia
Band Badges
Denton Original Band
Derby United Prize Band
Dungannon Silver Band, Northern Ireland
Eastern Iowa Brass Band, USA
Egham Band
Elizabeth Band, Australia
Band Badges
Ensemble de Cuivres, Nord-pas-de-Calais, France
Williams Fairey Engineering Band
Foden Motor Works Band
Forbes Town Band, Australia
Galt Kiltie Band, Canada
Genet Group Band, Chertsey
Band Badges
Gilfach Goch Silver Band
Harrogate Band (1980s)
Harrogate Band (1990s)
Hawthorn City Band, Australia
Highworth Silver Band
Hyde Street Central School Boys Band, Australia
Band Badges
Immingham & District Brass Band
Kensington & Norwood City Band, Australia
Kiama Municipal Silver Band, Australia
Launceston City Band, Australia
Launceston Railway Band, Australia
Long Eaton Silver Prize Band
Band Badges
Magill Brass Band, Australia
Manning River District Band, Australia
Mansfield Colliery Band
Mid Glamorgan Youth Brass Band
Mirrlees Works Band
Murray Bridge Town Band, Australia
Band Badges
National Youth Brass Band of Scotland
National Youth Brass Band of Scotland
Nelson Old Brass Band
Newcastle City Ex-Servicemen & Comrades Band,
Newtongrange Silver Band
North Western Association Youth Band
Band Badges
Oldham Music Centre Youth Band
Orangeville Cornet Band, Illinois, USA
Perth City Band, Australia
Pontypool & District Prize Band
Royal Engineers Prize Band
Rye Town Band
Band Badges
Sedan Brass Band, Australia
Snowdown Colliery Welfare Band
Sport-und-Muskverein, Bad Hersfeld, Germany
St Hilda Professional Band
St Kilda City Band, Australia
Stinchcome Silver Band
Band Badges
Stowmarket Concert Band
Swansea Bridge District Brass Band, Australia
Torbay Brass Band
Tournament of Roses Band (Salvation Army), USA
Triangle Brass Band, Cary, North Carolina, USA
University of Illinois Concert Band, USA
Band Badges
Unley Municipal Band, Australia
Urmston & Davyhulme Silver Band
Wallasey District Band
Worthing Citadel Band (Salvation Army)
Yorkshire Building Society Brass Band
Yorkshire Main Colliery Band
Band Badges
Unknown band
Unknown band
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