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A band has a distinct modern element to it. Though you can have bands with classical instruments in it they tend to play some type of modern music be it Jazz, Swing or Blues. Also electricity often makes it into the mix where an orchestra usually shuns amplification.


My understanding is that the "Band" term began at the commencement of the French Revolution and was the first time a full musical group was composed solely of instruments that were portable and could be played while the musician was walking. The groups paraded Paris gathering followers because of the rousing music. Nowadays the terms are essentially ...

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