Brass Band News Digital Archive

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Scope and Content

Digital (Pdf) copies of Wright and Round's Brass Band News, October 1881 - April 1956. Almost complete, although there are a few missing issues, mainly between 1921 and 1922.

Administrative / Biographical History

Dr Roy Newsome founded the Brass Band Archive in the mid-1990s. The material was collected from a variety of sources, including from Dr Newsome himself, and other members of the staff teaching Band Studies at the then Salford College of Technology.

The archive included material from Wright and Round, a company established in 1875, which started publishing from Erskine Street in Liverpool. Henry Round was a musician and Thomas Wright a businessman and accomplished musician. They published brass and military music along with a printed publication known as the Liverpool Brass Band & Military Journal.

In October 1881, Wright & Round published the first of its monthly journals, Brass Band News . These appeared, without break, until 1958.

Wright and Round was taken over by Interactive Sciences in 1991, which was owned by three directors, Brian Last, Ken Sawyer and Roger Thompson. Roger, the musician of the three, was the driving force behind Wright & Round and it was his foresight that took them into the world of electronically produced printed sheet music. The company retained copies of Brass Band News, from the very first until almost the last. Most were bound in sets comprising a number of years' editions – some bindings covering periods of up to ten years. The Collection was presented to the University of Salford by Roger Thompson in the 1990s.


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