Gavin Holman lives in North Yorkshire, England. A tuba player, he has had a lifelong interest in brass bands and that hobby has expanded into an internationally acclaimed website and numerous publications.

His specialty over the last 25 years has been researching vintage brass bands from the early 1800's to the mid-1900's. Of the many brass bands that have flourished across the world over the last 200 years, very few have documentation covering their history. Information on their formation, histories, pictures, contesting, memorabilia, recordings, publications etc. has been made available for all to access via the IBEW archive.

With an academic background of computer science and librarianship, Gavin was responsible for developing the first major in-house online systems for the British Library, and completed his professional career there as head of the British Library Information Technology infrastructure, including its many digital archives.

Gavin has written over 100 articles, accessible via IBEW, or perhaps more directly at

Satiche is a collection of websites and information resources created by Gavin