Arfon Owen is on his two weeks tour in the United States where his first stop is at the University of Iowa where he will present master class and a recital!
Here is the news of his tour. http://www.4barsrest.com/news/detail.asp?id=28338
In today's class, Owen told us about the Development of British Brass Band scene.
Britain is considered a birthplace of modern brass band which was formed as a part of industrial revolution around 1850s. Because of this revolution, new mines and factories were open in many towns. The brass band was formed with few different aims.
- Recreation activity for workers
- To help unify workers and to create community
- To prevent workers from drinking beer or alcohol after works
- To prevent them from spending time meeting and discussing with each other. Hence, no union for workers found.
P.S. This website by Stephen Rhodes provides some interesting information for British Brass Band.