could the band play their wooden instruments violin,bass-etc and play brass instruments trumpet,trumbone-etc if you have Titanic (1953)you know what i mean.i would like to think so but its probably not true.
In the many of the early American accounts, it was assumed that the band was playing wind instruments and so could play to the end, as well as being audible at a distance. There's a maudlin passage in Logan Marshall about French horns and cornets. The USA was the land of John Phillip Sousa and to Americans a band meant a wind band. The same goes for Australia, when brass band members identified with Hartley's group and erected monuments, though their bands really had nothing in common.