Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Salvation Army Brass Band from England

I think the drum reads: The Salvation Army Corp No 1357 ?
printed in England

This is a real photo postcard that was never mailed but has writing on the back:

Dear Albert
Have sent you this P.C. we thought you might like to see our Bandsmen in their uniform

with love from ...

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Salvation Army brass bands are in the British tradition and limited to cornets, flugelhorns, tenor horns (known as alto horns in U.S.A), baritones, trombones, euphoniums, tubas (known as basses in brass bands), and percussion; but not trumpets or French horns, since they are orchestral and concert band instruments.

With the exception of the bass trombone and percussion, all parts are transposing and written in the treble clef, which means that for every instrument, from the big basses right up to the soprano cornet, the fingering for the written notes is similar. This system, which is unique to UK-style brass bands, ensures most parts can be covered when there is less than a full complement of players


luvlinens said...

Great Card! Love it.

Brenda Perez said...

thanks! I totally agree :D - my husband has played and led many SA brass bands

Onewayoflife said...

The drum is labelled 'VENTNOR' so that would be an Isle of Wight army band.

Brenda Perez said...

Great catch Onewayoflife! Thanks for letting me know.