Saturday, May 4, 2013

Marion Bands and Concerts

Marion had many bands during her existence, articles and pictures show up scattered through the old Crittenden Presses.  They didn't seem to stay together very long, but another would soon show up with different band members.

This picture is one of Marion's early bands.  Once again the members are not identified on the picture.  I always wonder how they learned to play the instruments.  Did they have music teachers, or did they just teach themselves how to play.  This pictures looks like early 1900's.
An article in the Crittenden Press dated, Friday, June 17, 1932 tells of  another band.
The thirty-piece Community Band , the best band Marion ever had will give a public concert on the public square every Saturday night beginning June 18, and continuing through the summer.

These concerts under the able leadership of Ben H. Price, are sponsored by the business and professional men of Marion with the intention of stimulation community spirit and holding crowds in the city on Saturday nights.

The first public appearance of the band was made at Winslow Park, May 28.  Cold weather kept many people away on that night but the few hundred who heard them voiced their praise.

Musicians are:  Ovid Kimsey, J. H. Paris, Henry Holloman, Bob Doss, James Small, Monroe Travis, Mrs. J. B. Wiggins- Cornets; Arnold Elder, Orville Grady, C. Imboden, Mrs. Joe Hogard, - Clarinets; Ted Boston, Trcie Yates, Searcy Henry, M. Y. Nunn, - Saxophones; G. Clark, Chuck Rushing, Ray Holloman, John Myers, Bob Haynes- Mellophones; John Wilborn, A. T. Crider, Harold Hogard - Trombones; J. D. Asher, Vaughn Myers, Albert Henry - Baritones; Houston Clark, Guy R. Lamb - Bass; L. E. Mayes and Kenneth Dillard - Drums.

Merry were those musical days in Marion.

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