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NO. R-168.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the St. Johnsbury Town Band on the occasion of its 175th anniversary.

(H.C.R.100)

Offered by:  Representatives Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Bartlett of Dover, Brennan of Colchester, Donaghy of Poultney, Hube of Londonderry, Hudson of Lyndon, Hunt of Essex, Kilmartin of Newport City, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, Lawrence of Lyndon, Monti of Barre City, Morley of Barton, O’Donnell of Vernon, Perry of Richford, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Valliere of Barre City and Winters of Swanton.

Offered by:  Senator Kitchel of Caledonia District, Senator Ayer of Addison District, Senator Bartlett of Lamoille District, Senator Collins of Franklin District, Senator Condos of Chittenden District, Senator Coppenrath of Caledonia District, Senator Doyle of Washington District, Senator Flanagan of Chittenden District, Senator Giard of Addison District, Senator MacDonald of Orange District, Senator Miller of Chittenden District and Senator Sears of Bennington District.

Whereas, Vermont’s first, and the United States’ third oldest, concert band, with only the West Point Military and the Allentown, Pennsylvania bands preceding, is the St. Johnsbury Town Band which has delighted listeners with its brilliantly bold sound since 1830, and

Whereas, originally known as “The Brass Band,” it continued to trumpet its musical voice under that appellation until 1859 when the group became “The Concert Band,” and

Whereas, the band inspired young men to defend the Union during the Civil War by playing rousing patriotic anthems at military recruitment rallies, and

Whereas, renamed “The Serenade Band” in 1885, it performed a concert for visiting President Benjamin Harrison, and

Whereas, at the century’s turn, a momentous event in the band’s musical history occurred when the “St. J. March” was composed, and

Whereas, 1912 was a significant year as the town of St. Johnsbury initiated an annual appropriation to defray some of the band’s expenditures; a second band joined ranks with The Serenade Band and the newly enlarged ensemble changed its name to the St. Johnsbury Consolidated

 Band (now known as the St. Johnsbury Town Band); and the band performed on the occasion of former President Teddy Roosevelt’s campaign appearance in St. Johnsbury, and

Whereas, in the 1920s and 1930s, the band organized an international association and sponsored well-attended band festivals, and with the onset of World War II, women musicians became a vital part of this enduring musical organization, and

Whereas, in 1978, Arthur Fiedler of Boston Pops fame became honorary conductor of the band, and

Whereas, the band plays at many events throughout the region and is especially noted for its series of summertime Monday evening concerts at the bandstand in Courthouse Park, and

Whereas, in celebration of its 175 years of memorable music-making, the band will play, in June, at the 2005 Vermont History Expo in Tunbridge and, in July, at the Lake George, New York Community Band Festival, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the St. Johnsbury Town Band on the occasion of its 175th anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Gary Aubin, musical director of the St. Johnsbury Town Band. 

 



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