Winters Brass Band

Winters Brass Band (HM1K14)

Location: Winters, TX 79567 Runnels County
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N 31° 57.961', W 99° 57.755'

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Focus of social life during Winters' early years, the band played throughout the area for box suppers, old settlers reunions, and political campaigns. Charles Grant organized the group in 1901 (sever years after the town was incorporated) and conducted when it played for the coming of Winters' first railraod in 1909. Grant served as bandmaster for fifteen years.
     Sunday afternoon concerts were presented in the bandstand (then located in Tinkle Park), and members traveled in a bandwagon drawn by four white horses to play in small towns nearby. Favorite tunes were "The Anvil Chorus," "Stars and Stripes Forever," and "Poet and Peasant." New uniforms, blue with gold stripes, cost $14 in 1905. After 1920, the retired members helped the city school organize a band by lending some of their instruments to the students.
     About 200 brass bands once flourished in Texas, and music was a cultural activity in the state's first colony in the 1820's. Many towns had started to building bandstands by 1850, using them for political rallies, church socials, fund-raising drives, as well as concerts.
     Once the largest brass band west of Fort Worth, the Winters group and others like it contributed much to the cultural growth of Texas.
HM NumberHM1K14
Marker Number5870
Year Placed1967
Placed ByTexas State Historical Survey Committee
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Date Added Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at 2:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 409043 N 3537073
Decimal Degrees31.96601667, -99.96258333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 57.961', W 99° 57.755'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 57' 57.66" N, 99° 57' 45.3" W
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Area Code(s)325
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 800-898 US-83, Winters TX 79567, US
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