brass band


: a band consisting chiefly or solely of brass and percussion instruments

Examples of brass band in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bowls have a purpose: to scoop up servings of mescal punch from a 55-gallon drum at a downtown park, where celebrants dance as a brass band blares away. Tribune News Service, Hartford Courant, 17 Jan. 2024 The sounds of classic rock, brass bands and orchestral music fill the air from four stages, including one just for up-and-coming talents. Adele Chapin, Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2023 Opening comments will be made by UC Riverside professor Xochitl Chavez, whose current work focuses on second-generation Zapotec brass bands in Los Angeles and transborder relationships with their communities of origin in Oaxaca, Mexico. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Nov. 2023 Outside, the streets were thronged with brass bands. Aatish Taseer, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2023 Still, Revell Andrews, even as a shy young teenager, picked up on the need for the instrument’s stable foundation in the brass band arrangements his kin play virtually every day in their city’s streets and clubs and across the world. Michelle Krupa, CNN, 3 Oct. 2023 There’s more Mardi Gras action over on Capitol Hill, where the state societies of Mississippi and Alabama — nonprofit groups dedicated to promoting the culture of their home states — are joining forces for a night of drinks and dancing to brass band music. Haben Kelati, Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2023 The nostalgia trip, enhanced by plum carpet arrivals and a brass band, was fun. Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2023 Musicians of all kinds and any other brass bands are encouraged to bring their instruments and jam out in the second line as well. Mary Colurso |, al, 6 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of brass band was in 1827

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“Brass band.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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brass band

: a band made up of brass and percussion instruments

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