1st row, L-to-R, Donald Deirdorf, Kermit Auten, William Berlin, Neal Buechle, James Pipes, Melvin Deirdorf, Don Erlich (Conductor)2nd row, L-to-R, Thomas Gryder, Wilburn DeBruler, Ford Reed, William Auten,John Hunley3rd row, L-to-R, John Stockinger, Blythe Willis, Victor “Hammy” Reed, Leon Erlich
The Winslow Boy’s Band was developed by Don Erlich, starting about 1935. Comprised of volunteers who met at night and on weekends for practice, it had no official connection with the public school. The band performed in a variety of venues: special community events, such as Halloween festivities, Memorial Day services at one of the local cemeteries, and local charity/beneficent organizations; and the regional annual Labor Day parades. In spring and summer, the band held street concerts/home-made ice cream socials at the corner of Main and Center Streets to raise money for uniforms, music supplies, and transportation costs.
Each year, the band took a vacation trip; an award for the boys’ time, attendance, effort, and improvement; provided by Conductor Erlich and parent volunteers who chaperoned the trip. As seen in the picture, the goal for the 1939 trip was Florida. More specifically, a former member of the adult Winslow Band in the late 1920’s, “Skipper” Barnett, then living in Hollywood, Florida, invited the band for a “beach breakfast.”
Thanks to Bill Berlin for the photo and information on the band.