|Lennox Band of 1887|
The Lennox Band was organized in this little community in 1883. A young farmer, Mr. A. B. Jacobs, also known as "Whiskers," (who curiously has no whiskers in this photo) took up the baton as band leader right away and was instrumental in its ongoing success and growth. The original eight charter members of the band pooled their money to buy a set of second hand instruments from Garden City Music Company in Chicago for $60. Jacobs is credited with teaching many members of this little community band to not only enjoy their band music, but to learn to play instruments with which they had little or no experience.
My grandfather, Selmer Stubsten, was one of those novice musicians whom Jacobs taught to play. The son of Norwegian immigrants to the Dakota Territory, my grandfather had had no formal musical training. He joined the band at the age of 30 and took up the tenor saxophone under Jacobs' tutelage. The earliest photo of the band I could find that included my grandfather was in 1917. He can be seen in the middle row on the left in the picture below:
|Lennox Municipal Band 1917|
In 1958 the Lennox Municipal Band held a big celebration for its "Diamond" anniversary denoting 75 years of continuous service to the community. Included in the celebration was a tribute to my grandfather for his 50 years of continuous participation in the band. (My grandfather was 80 years old by that time.)
My family was living in Oregon in 1958, and I was very young, so I have absolutely no memory of this event. We did go on a train trip to South Dakota around that time, however, so I wonder if we were actually able to attend this concert that honored him. (I would like to think that my mother, especially, was able to be there for him).
Today The Lennox Municipal Band is still going strong, which means that it has now been in continuous formation for 128 years! The band, of course, still holds the title as "the longest running municipal band in the state of South Dakota". The city now supports the band financially, however, and in 1963 the community actually built a new Bandshell in the local park so the Municipal Band could perform concerts for this little community "in style"!
|Jacobs Bandshell of Lennox|
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