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The Music Men: 1920

The Music Men: 1920

"Virginia P.I. Cadet Band." Circa 1920, the men of Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Albert System Clarinets

Judging from the pads on the second section joint, those clarinets are Albert system.:

Good Brass Band Instrumentation

About the right numbers of the various types of brass instruments, except perhaps, another Eb Alto Horn or two are needed.

Heavy Metal

Only two reed instruments. They must've played in the altissimo register to be heard above the brass.

Old Library

The building visible in the background is the Old Library, which by the middle of the 1910s had taken up residence in the former chapel. Unfortunately, this building burned down in August of 1953 - the new library which now replaces it (Newman Library) was completed in 1955.

The red arrow indicates the place where the band was standing at the time it was photographed; the orientation of the building is, of course, different. The second picture shows the day of the fire.

No smiling!

Except for the snare drum player: "I'll smile whenever I want".

The Highty-Tighties

All of my wife's cousins were members of the cadet band, called The Highty-Tighties by students at VPI&SU, as Virginia Tech used to be named.

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