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The Banda Verde of Sterling IL

04 July 2010

For the Glorious 4th - a patriotic band photo. Hurrah for the Red, White & Blue!

The Banda Verde from Sterling, Illinois stands outside their town bandstand. No date or identification for this large format photo but the bass drum says enough. Behind the band, the flags and banners celebrate a reunion of union army veterans - the Grand Army of the Republic. My guess is 1904-14 for a date.

A baby in a tuba is a common gag, but a photo with two is much less common, but twice the fun! The A.F.of M. on the drum stands for the American Federation of Musicians labor union. The band name would suggest an Italian origin and maybe green uniforms but unfortunately the sepia photo doesn't give us the real hue. 

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