Friday, June 4, 2010

Brass Band


Today we have a picture of the Claflin University Brass Band. The picture was taken in Orangeburg, South Carolina in 1899. I have always been partial to the brass section, especially the low tones from the baritones and the trombones. I played the trombone in High School in the marching band and the stage band. I was never very good because I just did not have the part of the brain that controls the beat. I sort of just played along with whoever was near me.

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  1. So, what happened if you were next to someone that wasn't very good also and wanted to play along with you?
    R

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  2. My daughter had an band instructor that would throw his baton at people that did what you did.
    She was very good.
    I on the other hand probably was worse than you, but I was smart enough to give up trying to play musical instruments and went out for sports.
    That was something I was good at.
    R

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  3. The town band I play tuba in (Bristol, Vermont) is celebrating its 140th anniversary this summer. It really is a "community band" - ages range from 10 to over 80 - and we play on the bandstand on the town green every Wednesday night throughout the summer.
    Babies, old folks and everyone in between hang out, picnic and visit...

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  4. I wonder if there is an old recording available. Most likely not.

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  5. I wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed this week. My husband is a Band Director and with my love of old photography this has been a week we can both enjoy.

    I wish I could scan and share some of the old marching band photos I have collected across Texas.

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  6. PJM:

    I’ve posted several comments this week, but they aren’t showing up. I think it’s a problem with my web browser, so I’m not going to sign in, that seems to jam my computer.

    Anyway, I’m trying it again. I really enjoyed this week’s photos, and I love the creative names you gave the baby peacocks. My mother always loved marching bands, so this week’s topic reminded me of her.

    Glad to see you’re up and running again!!

    SmartGirl 1953

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  7. PJM:

    I’ve posted several comments this week, but they aren’t showing up. I think it’s a problem with my web browser, so I’m not going to sign in, that seems to jam my computer.

    Anyway, I’m trying it again. I really enjoyed this week’s photos, and I love the creative names you gave the baby peacocks. My mother always loved marching bands, so this week’s topic reminded me of her.

    Glad to see you’re up and running again!!

    SmartGirl 1953

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  8. It appears that this band was integrated. Wouldn't that have been unusual at that time? My son played trombone in marching band and stage band. He was not very good either, but I LOVED going to the concerts and competitions.

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  9. Hey SmartGirl, I noticed if I previewed my comment before posting, it never appeared. So I just post, typos and all.

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  10. Many thanks for another enjoyable week on OPOD. My father was a band director and my FIL played baritone horn in the 1947 U of Mich marching band at the Rose Bowl Parade. My father taught band, orchestra and chorus for something like 45 years. He must have had the patience of a saint, for as he put it, he had 60 kids each holding something they could make noise with in his classes every day. ;- )

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  11. Marie:

    Thanks for the tip!!

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