Sioux Falls in Minnehaha County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Sioux Falls Municipal Band
McKennan Park Historic District
On Sunday July 11, 1920, at McKennan Park, several thousand people attended the first concert of the Sioux Falls Municipal Band. A year earlier, in the first city election allowing women to vote, citizens approved a proposal to support a city band.
The Cosmopolitan Club led a project to build a band shell as a gift to the city. On dedication Sunday, July 4, 1926, evening ceremonies marking the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence drew an enormous audience of 10,000 person to this site.
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Frequent changes in conductors, economic woes of the 1930s, and World War II threatened the band's very existence. Two strong leaders kept the band alive. Russel D. Henegar, formerly of the famous Sousa Band, conducted the band for 29 seasons (1935-63). Leland A. Lillehaug, who in 1964 added the first women musicians to the all-male group, led the band for 23 seasons (1964-86).
A Sioux Falls Municipal Band concert on a Sunday afternoon in McKennan Park provides a rare vignette of Americana for the fortunate citizens of this area.
Erected 1999 by Minnehaha County Historical Society and in Honor of Maria & Medeleine Nelson, City of Sioux Falls, Thomas A. Blake Law Office, and
Location. 43° 31.783′ N, 96° 43.378′ W. Marker is in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in Minnehaha County. Marker is on East 26th Street west of South 4th Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in McKennan Park. Marker is in this post office area: Sioux Falls SD 57105, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Helen Gale McKennan (within shouting distance of this marker); Lady Liberty (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pillars of the Nation (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Old Yankton Trail and Stage Road (approx. ¾ mile away); AAUW Sioux Falls Branch (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Government Building (approx. 0.9 miles away); The First School House 1873 (approx. one mile away); Washington High School (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sioux Falls.
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 28, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 28, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 70 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 28, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.