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Stephen Foster being played at the Jackson Civil War Muster

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Comment by Timothy Twiss on August 24, 2016 at 9:52pm

Man, this is all someplace between a polka band, a Minstrel circle, and a country band. I love this lineup....maybe with a fife sometime on the top end.

Comment by Wes Merchant on September 5, 2016 at 2:09pm

So is the tuba a Michigan thing?

https://youtu.be/6kz3kREdSeE

Comment by Timothy Twiss on September 5, 2016 at 2:24pm

Good find Wes....

Henry Ford (1863-1947) is not actually featured on this record! This short-lived band was created by him, however. He was very fond of square-dancing, and he heavily encouraged his family, friends and employees to enjoy it as well. He hated jazz and felt that it was the result of the lessening of morals and the destruction of society. Also, apart from the use of a sousaphone instead of string bass (in order to record better), these tunes were arranged and performed exactly as Henry Ford's generation would have heard and remembered them (approximately the 1870s and 1880s). The other side is "Money Musk".

Comment by Timothy Twiss on September 5, 2016 at 2:25pm

I've played some gigs in the Henry Ford Ballroom where much of this took place. Now...to get my group with the tuba in there...hhmmmm

Comment by Wes Merchant on September 5, 2016 at 2:38pm

With this kind of documentation, they'd have to let you in.

Comment by Al Smitley on September 5, 2016 at 2:58pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1plCMdvH3M

Speaking of Ford's Orchestra, here's something I participated in in 1981.

Comment by Wes Merchant on September 5, 2016 at 3:09pm

That's a nice one Al!

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