"STATE HIGH SCHOOL BAND TOURNAMENT"
The State High School Band Tournament was held here May 6 and 7, 1932. The organization of the Wisconsin School Bands was organized in Reedsburg in 1920, under the direction of William V. Arnold. The first tournament was held at Reedsburg in August of 1920 with bands from Mauston, Kilbourn, New Lisbon, Kilbourn Jr. and Reedsburg Cadet attending. The 2nd tournament was held June 1922 at Kilbourn 3rd, 1923 at Two Rivers, 4th 1924 at Lake Geneva, 1925 at Viroqua, 1926 at Green Bay, 1927 at Milwaukee, with 38 bands attending, 1928 at Waupun with 50 bands, 1929 at Stevens Point with 52 bands, 1930 at Milwaukee with 63 bands, 1931 at Menasha with 78 bands, 1932 at Wisconsin Rapids with. 70. 1931 was the first time Orchestras appeared in the competition. In this way many schools were represented that were not in the parade. Local director, Bernard T. Ziegler, is also a member of the State Music Committee.
Picture No. 286 -- Algoma Band
No. 287 -- Menasha Band
No. 288 -- East Troy Band
No. 289 -- Beaver Dam Band
No. 290 -- Chippewa Falls Band
No. 291 -- Custer Band
No. 292 -- Black River Falls Band
No. 293 -- Wisconsin Rapids Jr. Band
No. 294 -- Wisconsin Rapids Band
No. 295 -- St. Mary's Menasha Band
No. 296 -- Manitowoc Band
No. 297 -- Reedsburg Band
No. 298 -- St. Patrick's Eau Claire
No. 299 -- Oconto Band
No. 300 -- Stevens Point Band
No. 301 -- Two Rivers Band
No. 302 -- Eau Claire Band
No. 303 -- Plainfield Band
No. 304 -- Wood County Ag. Band
No. 305 -- Red Granite, Princeton, Oxford Bands
No. 306 -- Viroqua Band
No. 307 -- Oshkosh Band
No. 308 -- Hillsboro Band
No. 309 -- Albany Band
No. 310 -- Richland Center Band
No. 311 -- Port Edwards Band
No. 312 -- Waupaca Band
No. 313 -- Lake Geneva Band
No. 314 -- Nekoosa, Almond Bands
No. 315 -- Appleton Band
No. 316 -- Port Edwards Jr. Band
No. 317 -- St. Patrick's Eau Claire Band
No. 318 -- West De Pere Band
No. 319 -- Stevens Point Band
No. 320 -- De Forest Band
No. 321 -- Rio Band
No. 322 -- Waupaca, Whitewater Bands
"BAND TOURNEY AWARDS"
1. -- Menasha
2. -- St. Mary's of Menasha
3. -- Wisconsin Rapids
4. -- Eau Claire
5. -- Green Bay
1. -- Waupun
2. -- Menasha
3. -- Wisconsin Rapids
4. -- St. Mary's of Menasha
5. -- Two Rivers
St. Mary's Menasha
Black River Falls
St. Patrick's, Eau Claire
Wisconsin Rapids Jr.
Wood County Ags.
|1. -- West DePere||2. -- Green Bay||3. -- Menasha and Waupun tied|
|1. -- Neenah||2. -- Two Rivers||3. -- Custer, Mil.|
ORCHESTRA TOURNEY AWARDS
Black River Falls
MEMBERS OF THE WISCONSIN RAPIDS H.S. BAND 1931
Daly, Mary Ellen
MEMBERS OF THE WISCONSIN RAPIDS H.S. ORCHESTRA 1931
"TOURNAMENT PARADE 1931"
The waving banners and dark blue coats of the Menasha high school band, led the parade. In quick succession, this organization was followed by East Troy's black coats and caps, Algoma, with its vivid orange coats and caps with black trousers, Chippewa Falls in its red and white combination, and the neat combination of purple and white with Sam Brown belts worn by Black River Falls.
The cardinal and white flannels of the senior Wisconsin Rapids band headed by a color guard and two drum majors appeared sixth in line and its catchy step drew generous applause from the crowd as it swung into review formation. Farther back in line Director Bernard T. Ziegler's newly organized junior band with its white blouses and sailor caps also acquitted itself well.
After Milwaukee Custer High, Mt. Horeb in Khaki and Reedsburg in blue and white, all good organizations, had passed by, the cerulean blue of St. Mary's school, Menasha, playing a type of march altogether different from those generally executed came into view, and again the crowd burst into spontaneous applause which was not exceeded during the entire afternoon.
It was to be noted that a considerable portion of the band membership was composed of girls and they handled their instruments quite as well as did their brother musicians. Some wore skirts and some trousers and in the Beaver Dam Band, which followed St. Mary's they wore bloomers.
Following Manitowoc, in simple but attractive black and white, and St. Patrick's Eau Claire, came Oconto in gold, white and blue and Stevens Point in black with red trimming and service caps. Then came Two Rivers, a purple and white clad band followed by Waupun's big 90 piece organization in scarlet and black which marched in so wide a formation that the crowd had to be pressed back in order that it might pass the stand. Eau Claire in blue and white showed an attractive "Goose Step" and gained a hand for its marching skill, and cleverness of its drum major, who was all in white. West Bend in a uniform of black and light blue with white caps preceded West DePere's experienced organization in dark and light shades of blue with service caps and orange cockades. Plainfield in its dark blue uniforms, was followed by Viroqua's 86 musicians, simply attired by marching and playing like the veterans they are. Then came the Wood County Agricultural school band in its red and white and Richland Center in plain blue and white but boasting a beautifully garbed girl as drum major. They were followed by St. Patrick's drum and bugle corps of Eau Claire, all little chaps in green and white. Ripon in black and gold also had an attractive girl drum major. In swift succession Wautoma in black and gold capes and caps and white trousers, Red Granite with its cadet grey coats and caps and white trousers led by a dancing drum major who won applause, and Princeton with red capes and caps and white trousers, headed by a tiny drum major and a still tinier "cop" passed the stand. Oxford came next in purple, gold and white, then Portage in gold and black.
Nekoosa in white and purple, passed next. Almond followed dressed in all white. Appleton made a fine display with its 68 pieces and its uniforms of light blue jackets, white trousers, gold belts and shoulder straps. It was followed in turn by Mukwonago in black and white with gold trimmings and Lake Geneva in Blue and white with capes and red and blue caps. Hillsboro, made a good showing in white naval uniforms without coats. Shorewood high, Milwaukee, its classy cadet grey uniforms trimmed in red gained an enthusiastic hand. Rio, with red capes, white trousers and red and white caps led the way for Port Edwards Junior High, whose orange jackets and black trousers, high caps and black cockades were very attractive. De Forest followed in purple and white capes and caps, with white trousers.
Sturgeon Bay and Wauwatosa both were plainly but attractively uniformed. Green Bay had 72 members in line and a girl drum major who knew exactly what she was doing. DePere, also led by a girl, with grey jerseys, blue and scarlet caps blue trousers with broad grey stripes, a pleasing combination; Wild Rose in purple and white with gold lined capes; Seymour in plain black uniforms trimmed with gold and red shoulder straps; Hancock, in white but original with Hancock pennants diagonally across their chests; Neenah in maroon and grey; Wausau's juniors in green blouses, white trousers and green tams.
Bringing up the rear in first class shape was Whitewater's excellent band of 55 pieces striding past the reviewing stand as snappily as if they had not been waiting for almost two hours for the opportunity. They, too, wore red and white capes and caps with white trousers.
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