Harold Harding sent us some information about the photo of Lincoln's Community Band above:
"This picture was taken on the stage in the Masonic building. Dalton Brown was a photographer, and I think he set up his camera for a delayed shot. I know he did for other pictures of the band.
Front row: Clarinets, Glendon Goodwin and Dr. Wilfred Butterfield; flute, Johanna DeCourcey; trombones, Evelyn Round Stockley, Ernest Brown, Clayton Gerry and Dr. Albert Gulesian.
Second row: Alto sax, Dalton Brown; tenor sax, Harold Harding and Raymond Jordan; baritone horn, Reg Clay and Hollis Jones; trumpets, Robert Brown, Floyd Gerry and Melvin Lane.
Third row: Bass drum, Carleton Lancaster; snare drum, Harvard Whitten and Dave Baker; Fred Ganner usually played trumpet or cornet (can't tell by this photo); French horn, Arnold Jordan; bass horn, Will Brown? and Bill Gates.
In front with the Baton, Bud Bennett.
The unknown person - I remember him being there, but I don't remember why. Probably didn't know. Dave Baker was a friend of my brother-in-law, Elliott Potter, and was Elliott's best man at Elliot's and Bonnie's wedding. They were friends in Connecticut until Dave's death. Dave's dad, as I remember, had a position at the worsted mill. Bill Gates was the postmaster in Millinocket. The photo was taken around 1957-58.
We practiced in the Masonic Hall and we gave concerts there. We also practiced in the Union Hall on Millett Street. We chipped in 25 cents each at each practice. And yes, there was smoking during practice. We were at the Springfield Fair at least twice. As I remember, Dalton Brown got some used lumber from somewhere and probably, with help, build a three or four-step band stand on the Primary School grounds. It backed up to the church property and faced towards Lake Street. The band had given concerts there before sitting chairs on the ground.
It would be a big band if everyone who had been a member over its existence were there at the same time. It was a fun time."
April 6, 2012