Charles City Band, 1910s?
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About This Image

This undated photograph of the Charles City Band was probably taken sometime between 1908-1914. The Central Park bandstand, on which the band is posed, was constructed in 1908. The group seems to have disbanded after the 1914 season, reforming in 1917. In photographs of the reformed band (in the Floyd County Museum) dating from the early 1920s, the name on the bass drum reads "Charles City Municipal Band."

Newspaper Accounts


The uniforms worn by the Charles City Band are typical of uniforms of the 1910s, consisting of a pair of slacks, an overshirt, and a hat. The Floyd County Museum in Charles City has in its collection several band uniforms that bear same the stitching and "CC" monogram on the collar that are evident in the photograph above.


These could very well be the uniforms that the band purchased in 1907. An item in the January 18, 1907 edition of the Charles City Daily Intelligencer describes how the band planned to raise money to purchase these uniforms:

"Band Wants Uniforms

Under the auspices of the Charles City band, a band concert and dance will be given by the Charles City band at Ellis Auditorium Friday evening, February 1st, 1907. The band will give a concert commencing at 8:15 and closing at 9:15. The dance immediately follows the concert. The music for the dance will be furnished by Gates' orchestra. The purpose of the concert and dance is to equip the band with uniforms. Popular prices will be charged. Concert tickets will cost 15 and 25 cents. The concert and dance tickets combined, $1.00. Everybody Come."

Newspaper clipping courtesy of the Floyd County Museum


The Battle Creek Military Band purchased a set of similar-looking uniforms in 1908. The cost for Battle Creek's uniforms was about $120.