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Brass, Street and Jazz Bands

The tradition of brass bands in America starts in New Orleans, late 19th century. New Orleans brass bands could feature trumpets, trombones, clarinets, saxophones, sousaphones and percussion. The music played by these bands was a fusion between European military band music and African folk music brought to the Americas by west African slaves and the idiom played a significant role in the development of traditional jazz.
[Band wearing bathing suits]
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Boston Band, 5/6/23

Photo shows Shriners parade on Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.

US Army Jazz Band

Photograph shows an African American jazz band during World War I at Camp Upton, Yaphank, Long Island, New York State. (Source: Print of negative in PR 06 CN 133, Container 1, Folder 1)

[U.S. Marine Band drummer, probably at the Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C.]

Photograph shows Charles Owen, a marimba soloist with the United States Marine Band and timpanist with the U.S. Marine Band and Orchestra from 1934 to 1954. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2013)