Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Courthouse Lawn Band Concerts

A few years ago, a gazebo was built in the yard of the courthouse fronting on Main Street (U.S. Hwy 60) in Marion, Crittenden County, Kentucky. Music concerts have been held there and featured music appealing to a variety of tastes. However, this is not the only time music has been made on the courthouse lawn.

Years ago band concerts were held on the county courthouse lawn and were very popular. I have an old photo postcard, undated, showing the Marion Silver Cornet Band lined up beside the courthouse. In addition to cornets, some members held tubas, trumbones and even a drum. Shown are 12 men, each wearing a dark uniform with braid trim. The men are not identified.

According to a picture and article, under the headline of "Way Back When," in the 18 January 1968 issue of The Crittenden Press, band concerts were also popular in 1910. Identified as members of the band that year were the following men: Douglas Clement, Jim Hicklin, Ollie Tucker, Bandmaster Mr. Lawson, Ashley Kemp, Jim Travis, Harry Hammond, William Rochester, Medley Cannon, Walter Guess, W.E. Potter, Carey Henry, Noble Hill, Jeffrey Travis, Dugan Ramage, Ira Sutherland and Lee Easley.

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