Main 13, May 1921
Join the Chicago Police Band
Mayor Thompson says, “Throw away your hammer and get a horn.” That’s good advice, there’s been a lot of wind wasted in this old town making the wrong kind of noise.
Now here is a chance men to grab a horn and a real Boosters’ horn at that. Here is your chance to boost Chicago—to boost the Department to make every Chicagoan proud of you and the organization you represent.
We want every member of the Department that can playa band instrument to join us now. Remember you don’t have to be a soloist—if you’ve ever played a band or string instrument (any kind) and can read music come on in—you’ll be welcome.
New York City Police Band
Above is a picture of the New York Police Band. This Band is a good one—the Chicago Band will be better. The New York aggregation plays at all the public functions of the City. They give an annual concert that helps pay expenses and adds a nice tidy sum to the Benevolent Fund. Let’s show the New Yorkers how. good we are. The Chicago Police Band will be the leader of them all- but we need your help.
The Chief promises ample time off for practise. The Band will take part in all Civic events. Concerts in other cities are to be planned.
It is the intention of the Department to make this me of Chicago’s best bands. No stone has been left unturned to make it possible for the band organization to reach the height of perfection.
Main 13, your magazine has made possible equipment for the new band. Arrangements with a local music house have already been completed. Instruments are now available for 40 members and no expense has been spared in securing the best equipment on the market.
The leader and instructor of the new band is worthy in every way to be the head of such an organization. His selection indicates the fact that the Chicago Police Band is to be one of the best trained bands in the country. It makes it possible for you as a prospective member to secure a real musical education and become a highly accomplished musician. Albert Cook, widely known leader of many famous organizations is the man who has been selected. As the former leader of the famous Kilties Band he proved himself to be one of Americ’a band masters. His work in training the Arryan Grotto Band of Chicago has assured the success of that organization and given it a great local reputation that it so rightly deserves.
Rehearsals will begin immediately and will be held at the First Precinct Station.
You will find a band slip in your cop of “Main 13.” Fill it out today and return it to the band editor care of “Main 13,” City Hall. We value our help and suggestion and remember we want to hear from an man who is in any way qualified to become a member.
Main 13, June, 1921
Police Band is Ready
Musicians of Department Will Make First Appearance at Opening of Pageant of Progress
It is a fine thing to have a band in prospect for the Chicago Police Department, but it is a finer thing to be able to announce that the band is already a fact and that soon it will be appearing on our streets and at public functions.
There was an instant response to the request that all players of band instruments enroll in the new organization, As a result, the Band was quickly organized and is now holding rehearsals regularly o Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays each week at ten A. M. at the First Precinct Station.
Chicago Police Band
The Band is composed of fifty-two pieces with a full complement of men in each section and the balance of tone is exceptionally good. Star players have been found for each instrument group and under their leadership those of less experience are rapidly rounding out their training.
Albert Cook, the bandmaster, says that he has set the week of the opening of the Pageant of Progress for the first appearance of the Band and that the public will be surprised with the excellence of the music which the new musical organization will render.
Further practice is about to begin at the Municipal Pier and it is planned to have the Band as perfect in its marching maneuvers as in its playing. Altogether it will be a very snappy looking outfit which will represent the Police Department musically.
The Band Includes the Following Members:
Ausenbaum, H. N.—PM-Drummers
Case, F W.—Bass
Clark, F. E.—Alto
Connolly, J. J.—Drums
Cremonise, J. S.—Bass
Dalacher, C. F.—Clarinet
Daly, J. J.—Clarinet
Dohney, B.—Drum Major
Donovan, D. J.—Saxophone
Donohue, J. M.—Drums
Fitzgerald, F. J.—Piccolo
Follmer, W. F. A.—Clarinet
Forelgn, L. D.—FM-Baritone
Gall, C. E.—Trombone
Gall, P. W.—Cornet
Goodrow, F. L.—Saxophone
Horan, D —FM-Bugler
Johnson, G. A. B.—Cornet
Kazamarek, S. A.—Clarinet
Maas, W. A.—Drums
McDowell, S. H.—Alto
O’Rourke, W. M.—Clarinet
Stoike, H.—P M-Drummers
Demski, F H.
Hammersbach, L. M.
McCann, P. I
Whedon , H.
Whitelaw, J. M.
Main 13, March, 1922
Police Band Makes Phonograph Record
Chicago Police Band in plain clothes making phonograph record at Blackstone Theatre.
Musicians of Department Soon to Take Place in Catalogs Along with Sousa’s, Pryor’s and Other Famous Organizations
THE Chicago Police Band is fast becoming famous. Every appearance adds to its reputation and its showing in the recent parade welcommg the boy skaters of other cities to Chicago was a handome one. It has grown to a membership of over seventy and plans are being made to provide for a number of other polIcemen who are practicing hard to gam the efficiency necessary to win a place in the organization.
As a concrete evidence that the Band is producing music of high quality they were lately asked to make a phonograph record. The recording was done at the Blackstone Theatre by the Brunswick Co. and those who have heard the result say that Chicago Police Band records are sure to become popular.
Further celebrity for the Band is contained in a recent article in Jacobs’ Band Magazine, a journal widely read by the musical world, in which Mr. A. C. E. Schonemann writes interestingly about our police instrumentalists. Excerpts from Mr. Schonemann’s article follow :
Since the Chicago Police Band was formed in May 1921 , the men have gathered twice a week for rehearsals and even though bluntly informed in the beginning that only hard work and co-operation would bring results, they accepted the challenge and have succeeded in a measure that should be a guarantee of the band’s future. If one is to judge the future of the Chicago Police Band by its record of the past, there is every reason to believe that it will prove a valuable musical asset to Chicago.
When the police band. was orgal1ized under the directIon of Chief Fitzmorris, Maj. John Bauder and Albert Cook, there were but seven men out of the 60 or more who reported for the band that had had previous training in music. The other men recruited from the ranks of the police force, the maJortty being patrolmen, were assigned to instruments and provided with instruction. Between 50 or 60 men appeared for the rehearsals, and extra time was allowed for individual work aside from the work of the band as a unit.
At the big police benefit given in the Auditorium several months ago the police band gave a concert, and the various public appearances of the band from time to time have enabled the bandsmen to finish up the year with a record of having infused a sense of appreciation of music not only into the police department, but in the hearts of the men and women of Chicago.
Director Cook was director of the famous Kilties’ Band, and accompanied this musical organization when it toured the world in 1908-10. The band was known originally as the Forty-eighth Highlanders’ Band, and when organized for the road was dubbed the “Kilties.” Under this name it traveled to almost every country on the globe.
Mr. Cook, in epitomizing the work of the ‘Chicago Police Band, recently pointed out that the success of the band was due to the interest taken by the men of the department in the band idea, espeCially after the policemen discovered that Chief Ftzmorris and other leaders in the epartment were supporting the work. Some of the men were reluctant to to join the band in the beginning, but the movement gradually gained momentum, and the men became enthusiastic over the band itself and the prospects of taking a part in functioning its organization. Said Mr. Cook:
‘The men discovered that they not only could help themselves by joining the band, but they could serve the community. The result has been a spirit of enthusiasm that has penetrated the polIce department, and the men in the department are back of the band to a man. As a result of its work the band is playing the kind of music people enjoy, while the instrumentation is such that it can handle martial music and the standard works of the masters.’
The Chicago Police Band is continually building up programs, and with the coming of spring and summer it is expected that the band will have worked out a repertoire not only for the proposed tour if Eastern cities, but for a series of summer concerts.
Main 13, August 1922
Police Band the Hit of the Pageant
New Musical Organization Makes First Appearance Amid Crowds and Attracts Constant Applause
PROBABLY no group of musicians anywhere was ever received with a warmer welcome than that which greeted the Chicago Police Band during the Pageant of Progress. From the opening day (July 31, 1921) when it appeared in the great parade to the close of the big exposition the band was the most-talked-of feature of the entire show.
Starting out with a modest program its popularity grew until the demands for its services kept the police musicians busy to their utmost capacity. These talented members of the Department undoubtedly did more to acquaint the citizens of Chicago with the quality of their police than has ever been done before.
The uninformed who had supposed that a policeman might be a good thief catcher but possessed no aesthetic soul, had his ideas considerably jolted as he listened to classic strains emanating from the instruments of the members of the band. Their handsome. appearance in smart new uniforms and their snappy drill step bespoke an intelligence and discipline which smacked of the best military tradition.
Their concerts were attended by crowds who stayed until the last note was played and applauded for more. The double quartet with their variety of songs gave a professional finish to the Band’s programs and quite won the hearts of everybody within hearing.
It was a great feature for the public but it was also a great fortnight for the Band itself. As the members played they developed a spirit of camaraderie which welded the organization together into an exceptionally harmonious unit. The leader expressed himself as pleased beyond measure at the progress made and the high standard of the work done, There are other police bands in other cities, of course, but they will have to keep on their toes to approach the brand of music that the Chicago aggregation turns out.
Now that such a fine start has been made it is hoped that more policemen will volunteer their services. The bigger the band, the more effective it will be.
Accordingly if you ever played a band mstrument, or think you can learn, do not fail to let the leader know of it. There must yet be a great deal of undiscovered talent in the Department and it is desired to double the size of the band if possible. So no one should be bashful for everybody who applies will receive the utmost consideration. The Police Band is one of the finest things the Department has developed and its fame is growing day by day. Address communications to:
Leader, Chicago Police Band,
City Hall, Chicago
In full force the Chicago policeman’s band yesterday (July 31, 1921) entertained thousands on the Municipal Pier. In almost marvelously short time regular members of the police force, hitherto unaccustomed to playing band instruments, while at the same time performing evolutions of the march, have become capable musicians, ranking with the best musical organizations in the city.