Contents: Foreword, Charles Keil; Introduction: the world of brass bands, Katherine Brucher and Suzel Ana Reily; Brass and military bands in Britain - performance domains, the factors that construct them and their influence, Trevor Herbert; Western challenge, Japanese musical response: military bands in modern Japan, Sarah McClimon; Battlefields and the field of music: South Korean military band musicians and the Korean War, Heejin Kim; From processions to encontros: the performance niches of the community bands of Minas Gerais, Brazil, Suzel Ana Reily; The representational power of the New Orleans brass band, Matt Sakakeeny; Soldiers of God: the spectacular musical ministry of the Christmas bands in the Western Cape, South Africa, Sylvia Bruinders; Composing identity and transposing values in Portuguese amateur wind bands, Katherine Brucher; Playing away: liminality, flow and communitas in an Ulster flute band's visit to a Scottish Orange parade, Gordon Ramsey; From village to world stage: the malleability of Sinaloan popular brass bands, Helena Simonett; Bibliography; Discography; Index.
Suzel Ana Reily is a Reader in Ethnomusicology and Social Anthropology at Queen's University Belfast. She has published widely on Brazilian music, focusing on local community traditions, such as choirs, brass bands and local folk groups. Katherine Brucher is an Assistant Professor of Music at the DePaul University School of Music in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She has published on the music of Portugal and Portuguese diaspora communities, music and migration, and global wind band traditions. Charles Keil, Katherine Brucher, Suzel Ana Reily, Trevor Herbert, Sarah McClimon, Heejin Kim, Matt Sakakeeny, Sylvia Bruinders, Gordon Ramsey, Helena Simonett.
A Baker & Taylor Academic Essentials Title in Area/Ethnic Studies: Multicultural Studies 'This is a fascinating book - the first to take a global view of a musical tradition grounded on the one side in the physics of sound and the outdoors, and on the other by local cultures that go back a long way and are fiercely guarded. If you think you know something about wind bands, you are only partly right.' Kenneth Kreitner, University of Memphis, USA 'Overall, the book is quite useful in understanding the dissemination and localization of brass and military bands around the world. It is a well-constructed and intriguing read for anyone interested in histories of bands, but more generally it would be of interest to anyone researching colonial music history, military music history, cross-cultural musical studies, or the spread of "band music" from Europe outwards.' Notes '... the many fascinating insights offered by Living with the Royal Academy make a useful contribution toward the rewriting of the history of British art during the first century or so of the Royal Academy's existence.' CAA Reviews