Now that warmer weather is here Kiwanis Park is a busy place. We’ve shared with you the history of the Indian fountain and will now give the history of the band stand. Children have danced and played on the band stand over the decades, as well as adults. There have been concerts, plays and weddings on this piece of LeRoy history. Many have “sat a spell” on the steps and enjoyed ice cream socials and skillet cookies during the Fall Festival.
Dedication of new band stand
October 27, 1922 – Next Sunday afternoon will be a notable event for LeRoy. The new band stand will be practically completed at that time and the people will gather to show their appreciation to the donor, Mr. Clarke E. Stewart, a prominent music dealer of Bloomington, for the beautiful gift, which not only adds much to the remarkable beauty of the City Park, but it fills a long felt want for a suitable place to give the band concerts. Mr. Stewart recognizes the value to a community of high class musical entertainment and through his generosity has built this beautiful structure without one cent of cost to the City or any of its citizens. The years will attest to the high regard in which he will be held by our citizens of today and of other generations as can be said of Hon. S. H. West, who beautified the park by another gift, the bronzed drinking fountain which stands in the center, a few feet from the Stewart band stand.
The American Legion band will dedicate the band stand by an excellent concert at 2:00 o’clock and at 2:30 Mr. Stewart will formerly present the band stand to the City of LeRoy, and Leslie J. Owen will respond accepting the gift for the city.
The “Stewart Band Stand” for such a designation will live down the years, is octagonal in shape having floor dimensions of 21 feet between parallel sides. On each of the eight corners are piers seven feet high of split stone laid in red cement and capped by red stone. Between piers are rock-faced cement blocks o the floor line. A line of two-inch pipe make the railing, except on the north side where the cement steps lead to the floor level. On one entrance pier, is a granite block bearing the inscription: “Presented by Clarke E. Stewart. 1922” and the other side are the dedicatory words, “Let music swell the breeze and ring from all the trees, sweet Freedom’s song.”
At first it was thought that the top could not be finished until spring, but the work has progressed so that the top will be completed, which is pagoda style and extends well out over the floor dimensions.
If the weather happens to be cold, the thermometer standing below 50 degrees, the exercises will be postponed.
• March, “The Matinee,” Will Huff
• Overture, “Aida”, Dwight Conghey
• Walt, “Sweet Old Songs,” G.H. Reeves
• Cornet solo, “Sunshine of Your Smiles,” Bernard Strongman
• Presentation address, Clarke E. Stewart
• Acceptance Address, Atty. L.J. Owen
• March, “S.I.B.A.,” R.B. Hall
• Overture, “Southern Melodies,” Mahl
• Popular numbers selected, “Stumbling,” “Say It with Music”
• Vocal solo, “Love Shop,” “Our Yesterdays,” Mrs. J.H. Gassaway
• March, “Little Giant,” Moon
• “Star Spangled Banner”
Citizens support band
The LeRoy Band has made arrangements with the merchants to furnish concerts for the ensuing year. The band will rehearse all winter and should be in shape to furnish excellent music next summer. Every one should boost the band and anyone in the vicinity who plays a musical instrument should join and help make our band one of the best in the county.
The following business men have subscribed the amount by their name for one year to maintain the band and furnish entertainment for the people of LeRoy and vicinity: $65-O.M Phares, The How, O.E. Corbin, S.D. VanDeventer, Smith & Buckles, First National Bank, J. Keenan’s Bank, C.A. Skillman, $52-P.D. Barnum & Son, Rodman & Fry, M.C. Grizzelle, C.A. Smith, H.W. VanAtta; $39-D.E. Buckles; $30-S.S. Middleton; $26-Neal Bros., W.F. Crumbaugh, B.F. Baker, LeRoy Journal, Barley Loan & Land Co., Bruce Morgan, E.F. Hall, A.D. Kinkaid, E.L. Bishop, Oliver Smith, LeRoy Feed Col, J.H. Michaels & Son, W.H. Wrigley & Co., G.W. Easterbrook Co., J.H.. Iden, W.A. Webb, LeRoy Electric Light Co.; $25-Bloomington Canning Co.; $20-J.L. Clamon, J.T. Schumacher, Ed. Guard, W.F. Strain; $15-L.J. Owens, Geo. B. Strayer; $13-C.N. Harrington, J.R. Watson, Wm. Rice, VanDeventer & Mayfield, Jones, The Tailor, E.T. Gambrel, D.E. Bailey, Dr. E.R. May; $12-Maude Lawson, Lynn Miles, Geo. Gillock, Wm. Watters; $10-Dr. E.E. Sargent, C.D. Jones, C.A. Pierce, G.F. Wait; $5-F.F. Sargent