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Winters in Runnels County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Winters Brass Band

 
 
Winters Brass Band Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 10, 2015
1. Winters Brass Band Marker
Inscription. 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 build 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.
 
Erected 1967 by Texas
Winters Brass Band Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 10, 2015
2. Winters Brass Band Marker
State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 5870.)
 
Location. 31° 57.961′ N, 99° 57.755′ W. Marker is in Winters, Texas, in Runnels County. Marker is at the intersection of N. Main Street (U.S. 83) and E. College Street, on the right when traveling north on N. Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Winters TX 79567, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Robert Cooke, M.D. (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Cotton Oil Mill (about 700 feet away); Winters FFA Chapter (approx. 0.2 miles away); Winters Korean Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Blue Gap Post Office (approx. half a mile away); Winters (approx. half a mile away); Winters Public Library (approx. half a mile away); Winters State Bank (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Winters.
 
Also see . . .  Brass Bands in Texas. An article from the Texas Monthly magazine. (Submitted on April 18, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment
 
View to North Along Main Street (US 83) image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 10, 2015
3. View to North Along Main Street (US 83)
View to South Along Main Street (US 83) image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 10, 2015
4. View to South Along Main Street (US 83)
View to East Across Main Street (US 83) image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 10, 2015
5. View to East Across Main Street (US 83)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 179 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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