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Barnsley Brass (Paperback)

Local History Yorkshire and Humberside Barnsley

By Eric Jessop
Imprint: Wharncliffe Books
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781845630218
Published: 1st December 2006
Last Released: 1st August 2007

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Brass Bands Play an important part in Barnsley's rich cultural and musical heritage. The collieries and heavy industry, on which the town's prosperity was built, proved fertile ground in which talented musicians were to gather together and develop the skills of their neighbours and workmates. They formed bands to entertain themselves and others, to compete with the peers and to lend tone and rich colour to community activities. Eric Jessop calls upon the history of his own family and of Dodworth, the place in which he has always lived, to tell a wider story of the manner in which the brass band tradition has enriched and still enriches the social and cultural life of the Barnsley area. He shares experience and anecdotes, recalls humour and alcoholic excesses and provides wise counsel on the means of promoting the movement to a new and younger generation of potential performers. The book includes brief histories of many local bands and is lavishly illustrated with archive photographs and pictures.

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About Eric Jessop

Eric Longford Jessop was born and brought up in the colliery village of Dodworth where generations of his parents' families were miners and leading lights in the brass band movement. A member of the Dodworth brass band from an early age, he has continued his musical interests in local bands, sharing his skills as a tutor, conductor, arranger and composer. He has competed nationwide as well as overseas. Eric is Vice-chair of No. Area, National Association of Brass Band Conductors. He also finds time to enjoy other music, the company of his family and the history of his locality.

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