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A numerous body of instr. players, e.g. brass, dance, military, steel, and perc. bands. Rarely now applied to full sym. orch except affectionately (Hallé Band). Also applied to sections of the orch., e.g. str. band and, particularly, wind band. Thus when Berlioz in his Requiem and Walton in Belshazzar's Feast require extra brass ‘bands’, they mean brass sections, not a full complement à la Black Dyke Mills.

Subjects: Music.

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