a musician who plays in a band.
Historical Examples

Music is a delightful thing; but for a young man, like you, a bandsman in a line regiment is only a bandsman, after all.
The Queen’s Scarlet George Manville Fenn

When they all got back, he would bring the bandsman to see me without fail.
Notes of a Camp-Follower on the Western Front E. W. Hornung

Infernal nuisance having to wear busbies—always feel like a bally Hungarian bandsman.
Our Battalion Leonard Raven-Hill

It was the bandsman: he who had been nearest to the boy at the very last, to whose special care his dear body had been committed.
Notes of a Camp-Follower on the Western Front E. W. Hornung

How did that kind of fooling strike the ‘kits’ and the Indian bandsman up aloft, wondered Roy.
Far to Seek Maud Diver

Every girl in town doesn’t skate with barber, or bandsman, or anybody who comes along, as you do.
The Making of Mary Jean Forsyth

The officers were angry, the Regiment were furious, and the bandsman swore—like troopers.
The Works of Rudyard Kipling: One Volume Edition Rudyard Kipling

So I sent for the bandsman who had been told off to valet me and arranged with him where my gear, etc., should be stowed.
From Snotty to Sub Wolstan Beaumont Charles Weld Forester

If the biceps is in proportion, bandsman Blake should tremble.
Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, January 28, 1914 Various

He looks like an opulent and good-natured butcher disguised as a Hungarian bandsman.
Servants of the Guns Jeffery E. Jeffery

noun (pl) -men
a player in a musical band, esp a brass or military band


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