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56th Regimental Band in Fort
56th Regimental Band

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In this image of Battle Creek’s 1908 Fourth of July parade, we see two floats – the "Liberty wagon representing all the states of the Union" and the "W.C.T.U. [Women’s Christian Temperance Union] wagon filled with little boys dressed in white." Just visible behind the floats and to the right of the Ice Cream sign is the "Battle Creek Military Band of 26 pieces dressed in new uniforms, making a nobby appearance and at the same time playing music hard to beat for a band four months of age."

The Battle Creek Times, 9 July 1908, p. 5.

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In this image of Battle Creek’s 1908 Fourth of July parade, we see two floats – the "Liberty wagon representing all the states of the Union" and the "W.C.T.U. [Women’s Christian Temperance Union] wagon filled with little boys dressed in white." Just visible behind the floats and to the right of the Ice Cream sign is the "Battle Creek Military Band of 26 pieces dressed in new uniforms, making a nobby appearance and at the same time playing music hard to beat for a band four months of age."

The Battle Creek Times, 9 July 1908, p. 5.

In this image of Battle Creek’s 1908 Fourth of July parade, we see two floats – the "Liberty wagon representing all the states of the Union" and the "W.C.T.U. [Women’s Christian Temperance Union] wagon filled with little boys dressed in white." Just visible behind the floats and to the right of the Ice Cream sign is the "Battle Creek Military Band of 26 pieces dressed in new uniforms, making a nobby appearance and at the same time playing music hard to beat for a band four months of age."

The Battle Creek Times, 9 July 1908, p. 5.

In this elegantly posed photograph, we see the 56th Regiment band under the direction of Carl Quist (standing at the far left). Quist formed the Fort Dodge Military Band in 1901. In order to secure more stable financing, the group became the 56th Regimental Band in 1903. Quist continued to lead the band until 1909. In 1910, the band severed its ties to the National Guard when the 56th Regiment designation went to Mason City. The band is posed in front of the Fort Dodge Armory, a building which still stands as the Laramar Ballroom.

Source: Karl King: Circus Bandleader and March King

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