Today I learned about Jazz Funerals, a New Orleans tradition in which a person is β€œburied with music” by a brass band and other musicians in a procession to their grave. β€œSecond Liners”- people who dance to the music in all styles, accompany the music players to bury the person with respect. 64parishes.org/entry/jazz…
Today I learned about Havergal Brian who wrote the longest symphony in the world called The Gothic. It has only been performed 6 times since it was finished in 1927. It requires 200 musicians and 800 singers, including brass bands, a children’s choir, and a machine that makes thunder sounds. theguardian.com/music/201…
Famed dentist Painless Parker (who wore a necklace of teeth) & his Dental Circus lured naive patients by promising that the 50c extraction would be painless, or he'd pay $5. Screams of agony were drowned by a brass band while the audience was distracted, enjoying contortionists & dancing women. smithsonianmag.com/travel…
Army regiments in the American Civil War often had 24 piece brass bands that played during battles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
The saxhorn was the most common brass instrument in American Civil War bands. The over-the-shoulder variety of the instrument was used, as the backward-pointing bell of the instrument allowed troops marching behind the band to hear the music. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sax…
A man named Painless Parker created the Parker Dental Circus, a traveling medicine show with his dental chair on a horse-drawn wagon. He charged 50 cents for each extraction and promised that if it hurt, he would pay the patient $5. smithsonianmag.com/travel…
Louis Armstrong played the trumpet so much that it caused callus tissue on his lips. He would remove it himself with a razor blade. books.google.com/books?id…
Musicians need to "play-in" a violin to ease its harshness, before it's used in a performance. Musical vibrations alter the structure of cellulose molecules in the wood, and change the internal resonances of the body aes.org/e-lib/browse.cfm?…
The United States adopted the American Standard pitch of A-440, and 3 years later this became the world standard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A44…

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