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John Phillip Sousa Meets Beaumont's Magnolia Petroleum Band

March 24, 2018
02:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum

Bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets and join the Lamar University Bands for an outdoor afternoon band festival commemorating the "March King" John Phillip Sousa's four Beaumont visits in 1906, 1919, 1924, and 1928. This concert will celebrate the music of the Magnolia Band, a local Beaumont band conducted by Dentist Harry Cloud and his Magnolia Refinery bandsmen (now a part of ExxonMobil) as conducted by Sousa in January 1924. At that time, Lamar University was beginning its second semester and the Magnolia Band was nationally famous for playing the inaugural broadcast of KFDM ("For Dependable Magnoline") on Beaumont's first radio station.

The afternoon festival, located in the historical reproduction setting of the Spindeltop Museum, will feature all three of Lamar University's bands playing music from America's "Golden Age" while Beaumont was a booming oil town.

Sponsored by the Center for History and Culture of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast.

Dr. Mary Scheer
Center for History and Culture