Tri-City Boys Band (1919-1931)


   The Tri-City Boys' Band, organized in 1919 soon after the close of World War I, was the first boys' band ever organized here and played excellent music for a dozen years until it was discontinued during the depression in 1931. 

The band was sponsored by Fieldcrest Mills. V. B. Weaver was band manager and Professor Manker was the leader. It played on all occasions where band music was called for and won high praise at many times for the excellency of its music. 

   Many of the young men in the above photograph are well-known citizens of the Tri-Cities today.


Front row, left to right: Herbert Kendrick, Wallace Whitchard, Sidney Smith, name not known, Ernest Bray. Lawrence Wilson. Clifford Koontz; 

Second row, Austin Murray, Jimmy Lamar, James Crouch, Mack Martin, Alvin Robertson, Thomas Whitchard, Jack Massey,.name not known. Willie Royster;

Third row, Danny Whitchard, Elwood Stevenson, Fred Ray,
A. B. Martin, Al Lamar, Quesell Lamar. Robert Moore. Edwin Millner;

Fourth row, Thornton Hill, Claude Robertson, Philip Ray; Fifth row, Professor Manker, W. B. Weaver.

Article published July 12, 1950

(Photo and information submitted by Deborah Reynolds )

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