Montgomery County Illinois History

Strange's Saxophone Band Hillsboro Illinois

Believed to have been the first band, composed of mostly high school boys was Strange’s Saxophone Band established in 1918 by Dr. E.B. Strange, prominent Hillsboro musician and dentist.

The band was not sponsored by the high school, although most of the members of the band were students there during the years it played at public concerts, school and church events and during Old Settlers’ celebrations. Dr. Strange was responsible for forming the first high school basketball team in 1906 and served as the first coach.

By 1921 the band had increased to 20 members, who posed for Charlie Berner, Hillsboro photographer for this picture.

Pictured with Dr. Strange were the members of the band 62 years ago. They were:

Top row, left to right: Wilbur Wiley, baritone; Charles Bliss, baritone; Thurman King, C melody; Dr. E.B. Strange, leader; Merritt (Pat) McClurg, tenor; Harold Parkhill, alto; William Cooper, alto and Joe Bartles, snare drum.

Middle row, left to right: Maynard Govaia, tenor; Kenneth Cooley, C melody; Alvin Allen, tenor; Dillon Swingle, alto; Earl Rhodes, alto; Maurice Close, bass drum; Russell Perry, soprano and Harry Canan, soprano.

Bottom row, left to right: Elston Strange, soprano; Clifford Auble, soprano; Hadley Sager, alto and Reginald Strange, soprano.

Photo taken in 1921.

Story from the June 21, 1921 issue of The News.

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