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    Austin’s only British style brass band will be performing their holiday concert on Saturday December 10th at 6:30pm at the Austin Central Public Library Demonstration Area (710 W. César Chávez St.) in downtown Austin.

    Under the direction of John Caputo, the Austin Brass Band will be performing popular holiday favorites and brass band works by Leroy Anderson, Philip Sparke, Peter Graham, Morten Lauridsen and more.

    Inspired by the 1996 British movie Brassed Off, the band was originally formed by members of the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble in 2005. The brass band dates back to the early nineteenth century and England’s Industrial Revolution as an outgrowth of the medieval waits (public musicians) with a vibrant tradition of competition based around communities and local industry. Although brass bands were an important part of life in nineteenth-century America, they were superseded by larger concert and marching bands. However, many fine historic brass bands are still actively performing today. Starting in the late twentieth century, North America has had a brass band resurgence.

    For more information about the Austin Brass Band visit www.austinbrassband.com.

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