|Big G and me last spring, before a research trip to Iowa|
I’m also happy to get people excited about the chance to hear real-life vintage bands perform later this summer at the Vintage Band Festival, which will be held in Northfield Aug. 1-4.
During my presentation, I will explain what I have learned about the career of my great-grandfather, who organized and directed numerous adult and juvenile brass bands from the late 1800s through World War II. I will also talk about the most famous band he directed, the St. Cloud Municipal Boys’ Band, which he organized in 1923 and was once known as the best and largest boys’ band in the country. One of the most rewarding aspects of my research has been the chance to interview former pupils of my great-grandfather’s who grew up to become part of America’s Greatest Generation, so I will talk about that, about the book I’m writing, and about the importance of telling and recording family stories.
I hope to see you there!