A bandstand is a circular or semicircular structure set in a
park, garden, or pier, designed to accommodate musical bands performing outdoor concerts. A simple construction which not only creates an ornamental focal point it also serves acoustic requirements whilst providing shelter for the changeable weather.
Many bandstands in the
United Kingdomoriginated in the Victorian eraas the British brass bandmovement gained popularity. Smaller bandstands are often not much more than gazebos. Much larger bandstands such as that at the Hollywood Bowlmay be called band shells and usually take a shape similar to a quarter sphere.
Bandstands of Interest
One of the most recent bandstands erected in the UK was the
Jedforest Instrumental Bandstand. Opened by HRH the Princess Royalspring 2006.
In 1993 the Deal Memorial Bandstand was opened as memorial to eleven bandsman killed by
1989 Deal barracks bombing. The bandstand was erected by public subscription and is maintained by volunteers.
A good example of a semi-circular bandstand is the
Eastbourne Bandstandwhich replaced a circular bandstand that stood on cast iron stilts. Herne Bay, Kentcontains a totally enclosed bandstand with a stage and cafe area, topped with copper clad domes.
Many Bandstands were manufactured in
Scotlandand are listed in the Scottish Iron Work website.
The function of the bandstand inspired the names of:
* the 1950s
United States television show" American Bandstand" and
Australian television show "Bandstand" (1958-72).
* [http://home.freeuk.com/eastkent/deal/marines/bandstand.htm Deal Memorial Bandstand]
* [http://www.eastbournebandstand.co.uk/ Eastbourne Bandstand]
* [http://www.hiddenhorsham.co.uk/29/bandstand.htm Horsham Carfax Bandstand]
* [http://www.hbay.co.uk/html/bstand.htm Herne Bay Central Bandstand]
* [http://www.scottishironwork.org/datacat.asp?type=ba Bandstands on Scotland Iron Work website]
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