Category Archives: Bands and Bandstands

(Title Unknown) John H. Polley

The Whitehall Drum Corps was reorganized under the direction of Drum Major John H. Polley who was fully determined to have a credit able organization. The performers would be put through a course of instructions necessary to perfect them in their work … Continue reading

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Washington County Post March 18, 1871

Reverend J. J. McDonald was elected president of St. Mary’s Cornet Band with officers A.C. Hopson, A.M. Doherty, and J.L. Millett. These men were active with others in. St. Patrick’s Total Abstinence & Benevolent Society. Doris B. Morton, Town Historian – The … Continue reading

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(Title Unknown) 1880

The-Whitehall Cornet band was to occupy rooms in the Adam’s block (the .Liberty Eatery building). Doris B. Morton, Town Historian – The Whitehall Times – March 13, 1980

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100 Years Ago in Whitehall 1886

In July Father Ethier’s band cleared $50 at an open air concert. This second concert of the summer finished enough money to pay for the erection of their bandstand and to buy some music. This was before the 1892 bandstand was erected … Continue reading

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The Juvenile Cornet Band 1887

Whitehall, according to old programs and newspapers, has always had musical talent, Following a century-in-years tradition, Whitehall now has another band, that of the Whitehall School Alumni. Back in December, 1887, on a Friday the Juvenile Cornet Band of Whitehall was organized by … Continue reading

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Bandstands in Whitehall 1892

Bandstands have been in evidence in Whitehall for nearly 100 years. The first one was built in 1892 (history in a previous article) by public subscription. It stood on North Williams street south of the old footbridge abut opposite the present … Continue reading

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First Year of Concerts in the Bandstand 1892

The second band concert was enjoyed by the audience which turned out in great numbers so great that North Williams street was crowded. Both bridges were filled and hundreds stood opposite the stand on Canal Street. So many were next … Continue reading

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Ninth Separate Company Military Band – 1891-92

In the winter of 1891-92 the Ninth Separate Company of Whitehall organized among its members a military band. The 20 pieces consisted of five cornets, two clarinets, three tenors, three altos, one saxophone, one baritone, one tuba, snare drum, bass … Continue reading

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Ninth Separate Company Military Band – 1891

In December of 1891 another band, a brass one, was organized in Whitehall and called the Citizens Band. The conductor was Professor W.W. Howe of Whitehall Union School and the leader, M.L. McIntyre. A month later the Citizens Band became … Continue reading

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Whitehall Cornet Band

Whitehall Cornet Band, with A. C. Hopson leading it, was reorganized. New members were being added and new instruments secured, as old ones were worn out or had disappeared as they were private property. Doris B. Morton, Town Historian – … Continue reading

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