Litchfield in Medina County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Litchfield Town Band
Around 1900, the newly formed Litchfield Cemetery and Park Association needed a band to lead processions to and from the town cemetery on Memorial Day. The Litchfield Town Band was born. Urial Crow served as its first director, so the group was sometimes known as “The Crow Band.” Although there were periods when the band was inactive, it has been a community institution for more than a century. The group plays a broad repertoire of standards and marches by John Philip Sousa at Memorial Day and other commemorations, ice cream socials, and various community events. Directors have included Urial Crow, Loren Hayes (c. 1915), Floyd Koons (mid-1920s), Raymond Bradley (1935-1939), Hal Leach (1939-1945), Kenneth Bradley (1946-2011) and Cynthia Bennett (since 2012).
Erected 2016 by the Litchfield Historical Society and The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 8-52.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment. Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1900.
Location. 41° 10.079′ N, 82° 1.379′ W. Marker is in Litchfield, Ohio, in Medina County. Marker is at the intersection of Norwalk Road (Ohio Route 18) and Avon Lake Road (Ohio Route 83), in the median on Norwalk Road. It is in the town square in the center of the intersection, next to the bandstand. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Litchfield OH 44253, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Liverpool Township / Liverpool and Valley City (approx. 7 miles away); Elm Farm Dairy (approx. 7.2 miles away); Donald J. Pease (approx. 8.4 miles away); Original Court House (approx. 8˝ miles away); Original Court House and Jail (approx. 8˝ miles away); First Site of the A. I. Root Company (approx. 8˝ miles away); American House Hotel (approx. 8˝ miles away); World War II 57 Millimeter Cannon (approx. 8˝ miles away).
Also see . . . Town Band: A Century of Music. Town website entry (Submitted on July 16, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 9, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 16, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 223 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 16, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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