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brass band

noun, Music.
a band made up principally of brass wind instruments.
Origin of brass band
1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • They could be heard over the noise of the phonograph, which was playing a brass-band selection.

    The Turmoil Booth Tarkington
  • It isn't safe, sir, to hunt Indians with an animal that carries a brass-band attachment.

    Last of the Great Scouts Helen Cody Wetmore
  • The day began with music by the brass-band, from the roof of the presidencia.

    In Indian Mexico (1908) Frederick Starr
  • She referred to the Siskiyou brass-band, which was rehearsing the march from “Fatinitza” in an adjacent room in the building.

    Red Men and White Owen Wister
  • The "brass-band" promoter, be it understood, is therefore not without honor in the Far West.

    My Adventures with Your Money George Graham Rice
  • I was lookin' at them hosses t'other day in the court-house yard, an' the Chester brass-band come along.

    Dixie Hart Will N. Harben
  • During a brass-band contest a few days ago three members of the winning band were taken ill just after they had finished playing.

  • And now this sound that is ringing in his ears is no longer of the brass-band that he had heard in the theatre.

    Macleod of Dare William Black
British Dictionary definitions for brass-band

brass band

See band1 (sense 2)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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brass-band in Culture

brass band definition

A musical group composed of brass and percussion instruments. Sometimes called marching bands, brass bands often play at athletic events and military exercises and in parades.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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