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  1. The band of musicians was playing.- here band is a collective noun.
  2. The musical band is popular among teenagers.- Can I say band is a collective noun in this context?

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    Yes, band is a venerial term for a group of people with some internal cohesion and a goal in common. It used to be more common than it is now -- Band of Brothers is from 'Henry V' -- and less specialized. But in American English it's specialized for music when used for people (rubber band, bandsaw, the 1500 Ǻngström band,, etc. are a different band of meanings. In the USA join a band means to become a member of a musical ensemble; ditto lead a band, have (a/one's own) band, battle of the bands, etc. – John Lawler Apr 21 '15 at 20:06

Yes. In your second example, "of musicians" would be implicit. Similarly, in your first example, you could simply say that the band was playing and it would still be referring to the collective.

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