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Lowville Band, early 1900s
Lowville Band, early 1900s

An imaginary band concert, July 4, 1914

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Imagine. Following the late picnic dinner with family on the green, and before the fireworks display, the bandshell next to the memorial fills with brassmen from all around. Tunes both popular and patriotic carry all the way to the courthouse on the cooling summer air.

This imaginary concert was compiled from Edison wax cylinder recordings brought to the NCPR studio by Rebecca Hopfinger of Clayton, along with a hand-painted gramophone on which to play them.

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Rebecca Hopfinger's gramophone decorated with roses by her Aunt Bertha.
Rebecca Hopfinger's gramophone decorated with roses by her Aunt Bertha.
Concert Program:

U.S. Army Lancers Third Figure

Smiler Rag, 1907

Reed Bird

The Thousand and One Nights Waltz, Strauss

Barney Medley

Bachelors Button

Turkey in the Straw Medley, 1904

Fol-the-Rol-Lol Medley, 1906

El Capitan March, Sousa

Chinese March

Sweet Sixteen's March

American Republic March, 1900

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