Meaning of spasm band

spasm' band"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. an old-time jazz band, flourishing esp. in the late 19th century, the members of which used improvised instruments, as cigar boxes, barrels, kazoos, whistles, and jugs, and often marched in the street while performing. Cf.
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