The Louisburg Brass Bands – by William A. O’Shea

The Louisburg (Louisbourg) Brass Bands was first published by William A. O’Shea in February of 1991.

The Louisburg Brass Bands were an important part of the history and story of the (former) Town of Louisbourg in Nova Scotia, Canada. Local historian and writer, William A. O’Shea (Bill O’Shea) self-published this book in 21991 and distributed it throughout the Town of Louisbourg and surrounding communities. A free digital download is now available.


The three Louisburg brass bands, organized between 1903 and 1935, or local expressions of the Citizen’s Band Movement that developed in Europe and North America during the last half of the 19th century. Brass bands were composed of varieties of brass instruments with a small percussion section. They tended to be organizations of volunteer enthusiasts as opposed to professional bandsman. This does not diminish the quality of the music of brass bands, but I did present some special challenges in recruiting, continuity of membership, training and financial support.”

The writer:

William A. O’Shea was a researcher, historian, and manager for Parks Canada / Heritage Canada. His professional life was dedicated to learning more about and teaching Canada about the history of our country. One of his personal passions has always been to learn more about local histories and share them with the broader community. He was a founding member of the Louisbourg Heritage Society, Deputy Mayor of the Town of Louisbourg (Nova Scotia) and wrote many books and articles about the town of Louisbourg and the surrounding area. He called Louisbourg home for more than 30 years. Until his passing on October 14th, 2019, he resided in Cornwall, Ontario near his home town of Long Sault, Ontario. 


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