Green’s Dictionary of Slang

band n.2

[2010s] (US black) $1,000.

SE, meaning a flat strip, in slang uses

In phrases

belly-band (n.) [SE belly-band, the strap that passes round the belly of a horse in harness]

[late 19C–1920s] a wide belt, a corset.

blue bands (n.) [packaging]

[1960s+] (drugs) barbiturates.

red band (n.) [the red band around the arm that denotes privileged status]

[1950s+] (US prison) a trusty, i.e. a prisoner given special privileges.

SE, meaning a musical group, in slang uses

In compounds

band moll (n.) [moll n. (1)]

[1960s] (Aus./US) a woman who associates herself with rock or jazz bands, offering her body for a share in their celebrity.

band rat (n.) [-rat sfx]

[1940s–60s] a woman who associates herself with musicians, usu. offering sex in return for proxy celebrity.

In phrases

away with the band (adj.)

[20C+] (Ulster) drunk.

beat the band (v.) [one drowns out the band]

[late 19C+] (orig. US) to surpass comprehensively; esp. in excl. that beats the band! that’s beyond rival/compare!

brass band with a leader (n.)

[late 19C] (US) pork and beans; thus brass band without a leader, beans without the pork.

haircut band (n.)

[1980s+] a band that is mocked for being more interested in style than music.

then the band played (also play the band)

[late 19C+] a phr. describing the point at which the problems really began, when things became serious.

to beat the band (adv.) (also to beat the cars) [one drowns out the band]

[late 19C+] (US) to the utmost, very much.