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Marching Through History

It was a Saturday afternoon in 1941.  A young boy sat on the floor in front of his family’s console radio.  The United States Marine Band was presenting a concert from Washington, DC, and the youngster was impressed and intrigued by an outstanding solo played by one of the Band’s fine clarinetists.  After the piece concluded, the boy told his parents confidently “That’s the instrument I want to play some day!”That boy was Jimmy Simmons, and in just a few more years he would fulfill… Read More
Music Director Marlin Brown left Charlottesville and the Municipal Band for California in March 1957 after conducting the Band for six and a half years.  Once again the Band’s Board of Directors was tasked with finding a new Conductor for the Band—and once again they didn’t have to look far to find just the man for the job.  Early in March 1957 they appointed euphonium player Sharon Hoose as the Band’s fifth Music Director.  He would serve in that capacity until February 1980 and would… Read More
          At the time the Municipal Band was organized in August of 1922, newly hired Music Director Harry Lowe issued a startling and audacious public pronouncement.  In it he stated that “…he would develop the musicians to such a point of efficiency that they could make a creditable public appearance at the expiration of six months.”  (The Daily Progress, April 10, 1923)  Many skeptics looked upon this statement with raised eyebrows.  Few persons could have imagined that Mr. Lowe, however skilled and determined a teacher… Read More
          Charlottesville’s most notable native son is, of course, Thomas Jefferson, who was born on nearby Shadwell Plantation in April 1743.  Best known as the principal author of the American Declaration of Independence and as the third U. S. President, Jefferson was a true polymath—a statesman, diplomat, lawyer, architect, musician, scientist, farmer and philosopher, who did much to shape the early course of history and discovery in this country.  Monticello, the home which Jefferson designed and had built to his specifications on a mountain top… Read More