Lancaster British Brass Band follows the path first laid down in
the smoky mill and mining towns of mid-nineteenth century
Britain. Gradually evolving into a fixed instrumentation of 28
players (and 1 conductor), the brass band flourished under the
sponsorship of mill and mine owners bent on "morale and
spiritual uplift". Thus laying the groundwork for a later time
when the Salvation Army began capitalizing on the success of the
bands by establishing brass bands as part of their outreach
concert programs brass bands borrow from virtually every musical
genre. A typical program consists of transcriptions of the
classics, marches, hymns, popular music arrangements, solos and,
last but not least, original compositions written for the
medium. Programs are selected for a balanced presentation that attempts to please a wide range of tastes and interests.
The unique sound quality of the Lancaster Brass Band is due to its being composed entirely of brass winds and percussion instruments. The sound of the Lancaster British Brass Band has been compared to "one big, magnificent pipe organ."