Wednesday, April 8, 2009

No Girls Allowed

From the March 1942 monthly edition of Said and Done:

As one sits in the auditorium and listens to the band play, it seems almost unbelievable that when it was first formed it was considered bad taste to have a band play indoors.

Since the formation of our band 32 years ago, it has grown to have a vital part of some of our most impressive assemblies.

Mr .Robinson was hired as director of instrumental music in 1910. The instruments of the band he organized were valued at only $800. This is a small figure when we consider that the instruments today are valued at over $20,000.

In 1912 the band was made up of 17 players. Here again we have a great contrast with the 110 piece band of today.

The first band uniforms were purchased in 1921. They were gray in military style. In 1925 they replaced their gray military outfits with red and white uniforms. During the last depressions the band was unable to spend much money for such things as uniforms. However, by 1936 the band had accumulated enough money to purchase their present red and black uniforms.

Today girls are a great asset to our band; yet before 1937 they were not even allowed to join.

The band first participated in the May Festival in 1926.Today we all look forward to Thursday night during the May Festival. This is a band night, and we hear selections by our band and by the bands of all the neighboring towns.

For the past four years our band has gotten a highly superior rating at the Holland Tulip Festival. It was the first high school band in the country to broadcast on a regular schedule.

The intermission between the halves of the football game would be a very boring period if it wasn't for the band and their splendid maneuvers.

A welcome addition was made to the band this year with the arrival of Mr. Cochrane as assistant director to Mr. Stewart. We all hope that they'll both be back next year leading our band to more fame and glory.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Interesting place - Facebook

Got a Facebook page? If so, check out some of the following groups

Start a discussion, write on a wall, add photos, post some video or start your own group.

Looks like the place to be in 2009!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Annual Big Red Band Flower Sale

Spring is just around the corner. Time for the Big Red Band's Annual Flower Sale. Click on this image for a large, printable version of the order form.

Call Deb Wells at 231-773-8433 by April 27th to place your order!

You can also mail in your order to:
MHS Music Department Office
c/o Deb Wells
80 West Southern Ave
Muskegon, MI 49441

Make your check payable to:
Muskegon High School Band Parent Association

Flowers arrive on May 7th and can be picked up anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the south end of historic Hackley Stadium!