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THE ALBION CITY BAND STAND IN VICTORY PARK

Morning Star, May 22, 2011, pg. 6

With this yearís Memorial Day service being held at the Victory Park Band Shell on May 30, I thought you might like to know that our Band Shell will be 70 years old this year. It was erected as a WPA-funded project, and the first concert was held on Sunday, October 12, 1941. For more detailed information, see my January 28, 2001 article found on the www.albionmich.com website.

Where did the Albion City Band hold its concerts before our Band Shell was erected? There used to be a band platform in the park where the band played. If you enter the road where the GAR rock sits and look to your left, youíll notice a knoll and bare spot. This is where the band held its concerts in 1941 until the new Band Shell was completed.

Iíve never seen a photograph of that bandstand before, until recently when one turned up among the photographs of the late Joseph Blodgett (1917-2005) via his nephew James. From our Historical Notebook this week we present a photo of that roofed platform. This view is taken from the main road entering from the west side of Victory Park, and the view looks eastward. Notice the GAR rock to the left. The platform had its protective "skirts" on for inclement weather. How many of our readers remember this band platform in Victory Park?


The old (ca. 1941) City Band Shell

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