from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A musician who plays in a band.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In mining, a miner who works in connection with the band or flat rope by which the coal or other mineral is hoisted.
  • noun A musician who plays in a band.

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  • noun a player in a musical band, especially a military or brass one

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a player in a band (especially a military band)


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  • He made his first appearance as an entertainer with a comedy boxing routine at an army concert, and developed his musical skills when he joined the Royal Corps of Signals as a bandsman in 1943.

    Sir Norman Wisdom obituary

  • He left school at 13 for a 10 shilling job as a Liptons Teas delivery boy, and went on to work as a pageboy in a ladies 'club, a cabin boy? after, he insisted, walking from London to Cardiff to join the merchant navy? and having learned in his days as a bandsman in the army, a useful boxer despite his slight frame.

    Norman Wisdom, last survivor of the music halls, dies aged 95

  • Thirty thousand people attended Hartley's funeral in his home town, Colne, and memorials to the bandsman of the Titanic were created in several countries.

    The great unknowns get their chapters in history

  • "The officer was right in demanding marches that the men could march by," one disgruntled bandsman told a reporter.

    Making Bitter Fernet-Branca Much Easier to Swallow

  • Husni Mubarak of winner team was termed as best bandsman and Jehangir Khan of runner up team was declared as best baler.

    Sports news

  • In 1985, while studying at the J.illiard School, Mr. Benjamin made his second life-changing discovery: Through a convoluted series of personal connections beginning with his ex-bandsman grandfather, he was directed to a derelict warehouse in Asbury Park, N.J. Inside was the vast music collection of Arthur Pryor (1870-1942), one of the star band conductors of the Victor Talking Machine Co. (predecessor of RCA-Victor and BMG).

    Benjamin's Ragtime Band

  • “To the daughter of the regimental bandsman Mirouet.”


  • Ursula Mirouet, daughter of a bandsman in a regiment, without money, and whose father — alas!


  • Jim ridiculed the idea; the bandsman protested, and was about to lose his temper, when Jim gave in with the good-nature of a person who can afford to despise opinions; and the musician went his way.

    The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid

  • The young bandsman from Ireland's County Mayo was then serving here in the garrison, and as the only band in town, his unit was in great demand to help the beaming citizens celebrate the proclamation of their new municipal existence.

    The Life of a New City: Toronto, 1834


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