American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Music A band composed of brass and sometimes percussion instruments.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A band or company of musical performers, all or most of whom play upon metal (chiefly brass) wind-instruments; a military band.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mus.) a band of musicians who play upon wind instruments made of brass, as trumpets, cornets, etc.
- n. a group of musicians playing only brass and percussion instruments
“No sooner had they finished eating than they heard the distant blast of many trumpets, and the sound of a brass band playing martial music; so they all went out upon the balcony.”
“Still not sated with all this ritual and ceremony, the company, now numbering well over a thousand, assembled at the Town End Tree for a post-prandial beating of the bounds in a procession led by a brass band and the four stick-dancers followed by the Oak Apple Club banner, a May Queen, villagers carrying their oak boughs, farmers with painted wheelbarrows and the Bourne River Morris Men.”
“About then a small brass band struck up a dirgeful tune, and Pan, who fancied himself a musician, listened critically.”
“P.S. Gilmore won his title of "Father of Military Bands", by his elevation of the brass band to a dignified musical status.”
“It was upon such an occasion that a brass band was first heard in Cecilton.”
“As the large and splendid 4th Louisiana marched by, the gallant Col.H. W. Allen leading it, the brass band of the regiment struck up a lively air, but the Colonel shouted "Stop that music," and then turning to the band he said, "Wait, boys, until this fight is over, and then you may play either the Dead March or the Bonnie Blue Flag.”
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“Her laughter made a bright counterpoint to the melody played by the brass band on the afterdeck.”
“As I sat by the lake at Gandamack t'other day, sipping my late afternoon brandy in the sun, damning the great-grandchildren for pestering the ducks, and reflecting on the wigging I'd get from Elspeth when I took them in to tea covered in dirt and toffee, there was a brass band playing on a gramophone up at the house, a distant drowsy thumping that drifted down the lawn and under the trees.”
“Once, back in the big brick school-building, as she had sat drooping her thin shoulders over her desk, some sort of a procession had gone by with a brass band playing a lively air.”
“There had been a noisy brass band from Lixouri playing in the square, and the gentleman concerned had had to rise and shout his order in the young girl's ear, at the same moment realising that it was a splendid and appealing young ear that positively cried out for nibbling at night beneath a tree in a dark street.”
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