A brass band is a musical ensemble generally consisting entirely of brass instruments , most often with a percussion section. Ensembles that include brass and woodwind instruments can in certain traditions also be termed brass bands particularly in the context of New Orleans —style brass bands , but may more correctly termed military bands , concert bands , or "brass and reed" bands. The beats are usually fast and accompanied by kolo. The Serbian film maker Emir Kusturica has, through his films Black Cat, White Cat , made the style popular in the international community outside the Balkans. A brass band in the British tradition with a full complement of 28 players  including percussion consists of:.
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British Broadcasting Corporation Home. Brass bands have a long tradition in Wales, with half celebrating a continuous existence of more than a hundred years. The date of formation is often linked with industrial development in the local area, as is the name, particularly if the local industry became the financial supporter. Some ensembles were formed originally as drum and fife bands, with Llanrug Band tentatively dating its formation to the s making it perhaps the oldest amateur ensemble in Britain still in existence , City of Cardiff Melingriffith Band to , and Royal Buckley Town Band to , when it was formed to celebrate the opening of the Parish Church, and Deiniolen Band to Blaina Band, formed in , was claimed to be the first band in Britain to become 'all brass' when it purchased a set of cornopeans from Ludwig Embach in
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Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc , in proportions which can be varied to achieve varying mechanical and electrical properties. Brass is similar to bronze , another alloy containing copper that uses tin in place of zinc;  both bronze and brass may include small proportions of a range of other elements including arsenic , lead , phosphorus , aluminum , manganese , and silicon. The distinction between the two alloys is largely historical,  and modern practice in museums and archaeology increasingly avoids both terms for historical objects in favor of the more general " copper alloy ". Brass has long been a popular material for decoration for its bright gold-like appearance, e.