The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin on July 19, 1959 · Page 19
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July 19, 1959

The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin · Page 19

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gimtftfl BttUetitt SOCIETY and WOMEN'S NEWS SECTION TWO" Society, pages 2, 3, 4 Cook of the Week, page S Child Care, page 4 Home Decorating, page 7 AnaimmiM, >iili ;i • T HE Racine Park Board Band will play for an estimated 40,000 listeners before its 36th outdoor concert series closes on Labor Day. Since the capacity of Memorial Hall is a shade under 2,000, the figure is impressive testimony to the American cntliusi- asm for the community-sponsored free band concert in the park. Nor does the figure count the listeners who stay in their cars during the concerts, or those who hear them from the vantage point of nearby porches. Basis for the estimate is the distribution of programs, figuring two readers for each program—and the band checks the totals carefully. Radios were just emerging from the crystal set stage when the band was first organized in 1923 with the late Henry Schulte as its director. Four of its original bandmen are with the group today, Frank Dax, Frank Steffen, Charles and Edward Bezucha. "Moonlight and Roses" was on the band's (Turn to Page 2, Col. 6) SaH4 CcHceH in the Patkt American Ajij^le Pie —Journal-Timei Photos b; Charlei 8. Vallon* Joha Ondereliv 1«21 Hamilton St, aeated, with the clarinet he haa been playing In the band for more than 25 years. Standing, Frank Steffen, 811 Yout St., who plays flute and pidcolo. John Opferkuch, 1341 West Lawn Ave., In his 17th year as director. Is at far right. Although faU fashion foreeasta Indicate that women may adopt men's fedoras, Mrs. Karl Christiansen, 291 B Arlington Ave., was thinking more of protection from sunburn when she appropriated her husband's hat at the Park Board Band concert hi Zoo Park. Family groups are the rule, and three or four generathm groups not unusual, at the band concerts. The unidentified gentleman above had a delighted "passenger." For solid comfort, nothing can beat a bottle of orange juice, the outdoors and music, In the opinion of -month- old Cynthia, daughter of Mrs. Earl Sydlo, 1932 Douglas Ave., pictured above. Above, the bandmen's view from the platform at Zoo Park (the same platform under which they all ducked, with their instruments, when a sudden violent shower drenched the park some years ago.) This year the band has tried out a new portable shell, offering better acoustics and lighting, adaptable for many other types of entertainment as well as concerts. Mrs. Edward Bemthal, 1901 Carter St., had her eyes closed while listening to the concert, but her son, Tommy, 4, more than made up for it in rapt attention. Not 76 trombones, but five make up the Park Board Band ensemble with (from left) Ronald Berby, 1631 Center St.; Jack Der Hovsepian, 1122 Marquette St.; Frank Dax, 1244 Franklin St.; Edward Bezucha, 1641 Charles St.; and Clarence Wilda, 1024 Walton Ave. Berby has been with the band since high school, except while in service; '* Dax, 36 years; Der Hovsepian, five years; Wilda, 25 years; and Bezucha, 36 years. M C I N f. (7)-

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