Guide to the Nantucket Brass Band Records, 1856–1893

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Summary

The Nantucket Brass Band was formed on 6 August 1856 for the purpose of supplying commissioned musical entertainment on Nantucket Island and in nearby mainland communities. The group was disbanded on 17 November 1860 by unanimous decision, and then reactivated circa 1893. Collection includes minute book containing names of members and events, program of The Flower Queen, and contract to rent uniforms from when the band reformed.

Collection Details

Collection Number:
MS62
Title:
Nantucket Brass Band Records
Date(s):
1856–1893
Creator:
Nantucket Brass Band
Repository:
Nantucket Historical Association
Language:
Material is in English.

Information for Users

Restrictions to Access: No restrictions. Open for research.

Restrictions to Use: No usage restrictions.

Copyright Notice: Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], in the Nantucket Brass Band Records collection, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Book 1 Gift of the Estate of Marie M. Coffin (Acc 1979-87W), Folder 1 Gift of David Gustin (Acc 1963-60).

Sensitive Materials Statement:

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Subject Headings

  • Topical terms
    • Bands (Music)—Massachusetts—Nantucket—Nineteenth century.

Biographical Information

The Nantucket Brass Band was formed on 6 August 1856 for the purpose of supplying commissioned musical entertainment on Nantucket Island and in nearby mainland communities. The group was disbanded on 17 November 1860 by unanimous decision, and then reactivated circa 1893.

Scope and Content

Collection includes minute book containing names of members and events in Nantucket, Mass., and off-island, at which the band performed, including concerts, parades, fairs, and special events such as the celebration of the laying of the Atlantic Cable; program of The Flower Queen; and a contract to rent uniforms from when the band re-formed.

Contents

Box 1 Book 1: Nantucket Brass Band minute book,  1856–1860
Minutes 6 August 1856 – 17 November 1860. Includes Constitution and amendments, names of members and hired music teachers, places and events at which musical entertainment was provided. Accounts included for purchase of instruments, uniforms and incidental expenses.

Box 1 Folder 1: Papers and ephemera,  1858, 1893
Contract to rent uniforms, 20 April 1893; program of The Flower Queen, 2 February 1858. Given for the annual benefit of the band.

Processing Information

Processed by NHA Staff.

Finding aid by Teddy Leane, June 2021.

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