One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A player in a musical band, especially a military or brass one.
- ‘Keen bandsman Neil, pictured left, who plays the tuba with Morecambe Brass Band, is taking part in a 10-hour event at The Platform starting at 11 am on November 20.’
- ‘He worked as a bandsman and, indeed, caught his enthusiasm for large wind ensemble here.’
- ‘Thirty bandsmen, from the Lowland Band of the Scottish Division, arrived back at their Edinburgh base yesterday after four months as medics in Iraq.’
- ‘The tattoo re-enacted notable British military events from the past 1,000 years, and Royal Marines bandsmen were prominent - as they were at the Queen Mother's birthday pageant.’
- ‘At times the turbulence of youth has certainly been most objectionable to both bandsmen and audience.’
- ‘Brass bandsman and crown green bowls enthusiast Colin Rowson died at his Leigh home on Christmas Day morning, aged 69.’
- ‘He served as a bandsman in the US Army, 1917-19, and took American citizenship in 1918.’
- ‘I studied the bands closely as, bandsmen and bandswomen all impeccably uniformed, they marched down the middle of the roadway.’
- ‘Santa was accompanied by ‘Mother Christmas’, a Fairy Queen, a little Dutch Girl and eight bandsmen in blue, who delighted the children by playing such items as ‘Jingle Bells’.’
- ‘The bandsmen also accompanied an ecumenical service for the Tall Ship's Crews at which a large contingent of young Russian sailors paid a special tribute to the crew of the Kursk.’
- ‘Pennants flapped from the rigging like welcome garlands and tiny bandsman hugged tight their brass instruments amidst the crush.’
- ‘Maybe it was the Royal Marines, the Ghurkas, and the Brigade of Guards whose bandsmen were a hundred metres away, but I don't think so.’
- ‘As with many other career fields, the bandsmen pull double-duty with musical and support responsibilities.’
- ‘Immaculately turned-out in their distinctive red and black bandsmen's uniforms, the Waterloo Band led the procession along Duncombe Place and Museum Street to the park.’
- ‘The Eagles are a team selected from soldiers, RAF personnel, the Royal Military Police, teachers and bandsmen, and they were too strong for Marlborough's sailors, despite a promising start.’
- ‘Most famous for Nadia Boulanger's teaching, it had been set up in the first instance because General Pershing wanted US Army bandsmen to be trained by French musicians.’
- ‘The 16-piece Salisbury Big Band was founded in the late 1980s by a group of former military bandsmen.’
- ‘Headquarters battery personnel, bandsmen, mechanics, and truck drivers reinforced the most threatened sectors, while artillery fire support continued uninterrupted.’
- ‘The Saddleworth-based Friezland Band launched an internet appeal to other bandsmen on a website for musicians.’
- ‘Between 1975 and 1980 I was a junior bandsman with the now-defunct Brighouse St John Ambulance Brigade Band, based in Brighouse.’
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