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Monahan Post American Legion Band and Sioux City Municipal Band 

Curator of History at the Sioux City Public Museum, Matt Anderson, will showcase the importance of the Monahan Post American Legion Band and Sioux City Municipal Band in Sioux City’s history. 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 in 1917. 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 the Victor Talking Machine Company in 1926 and R-C-A Victor Company in 1933. 

The Monahan Post Band was instrumental in raising funds for the construction of the Grandview Park Bandshell, which was dedicated in 1935. When the American Legion cut its funding of unit bands in 1948, the Monahan Post Band came under the sponsorship of the City of Sioux City and was renamed the Sioux City Municipal Band. 

The program will feature photographs of the Monahan Post and Municipal Band and earlier bands like the Fourth Regiment Band and Knights of Pythias Band. Long-time directors and members of the bands will also be highlighted, 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). 

Adequate time will be given for discussion, memories and questions about this historically important subject. 

Location: Cargill Auditorium, D103, Entrance 14 or 15, Parking Lot 4 or 5 
Fee: No charge / Max: 40
Lifelong Learning membership not required 
Course #20/FY-CPDV-2218-10

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