Exhibit Highlights 100 Years of Municipal Bands
The 2019 summer concert series of the Sioux City Municipal Band marks the organization’s 100th year. In recognition of this milestone, the Sioux City Public Museum will feature the summer exhibit, Celebrating 100 Years of Municipal Bands, on display May 4 through July 28.
In 1912, several Sioux City Journal delivery boys and others organized the Newsboys Band. Most of these young men joined the American Expeditionary Force when the U.S. entered World War I. Upon their return, all but one of the Newsboys Band members joined the newly-formed American Legion Monahan Post #64 Band in 1920. The Monahan Post Band gained great acclaim among American Legion bands, winning seven national and international competitions, and the title “Official Band of the American Legion.” The Band made recordings with Victor Talking Machine Co. in 1926 and R-C-A Victor Co. in 1933.
The Band was instrumental in raising funds for the construction of the Grandview Park Bandshell, which was dedicated in 1935. In 1948, the Monahan Post Band became municipally funded and was renamed the Sioux City Municipal Band.
Uniforms, equipment, instruments, and awards will be displayed in the exhibit along with photographs of the Monahan Post and Municipal Band and earlier bands like Fourth Regiment Band and Knights of Pythias Band. Long-time directors and members of the bands will also be featured, including Mose Reed who started Sioux City’s first brass band in 1878, and Leo Kucinski who directed the Municipal Band from 1929 to 1979.
The Sioux City Public Museum is located at 607 4th Street in downtown Sioux City. Admission is free. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit siouxcitymuseum.org or call 712-279-6174.