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Hagerstown in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Band Shell

 
 
Band Shell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 7, 2019
1. Band Shell Marker
Inscription.  The original band shell was built in City Park around 1915. It was since dismantled and re-erected in Hagerstown’s Wheaton Park.

This structure was built in 1940. It is dedicated to Dr. Peter Buys, the Hagerstown Municipal Band’s conductor from 1920 to 1959. Dr. Buys was a personal friend of composer and band leader John Philip Sousa. He was a member of the Sousa band and arranger for the famous “March King” for eighteen years.

During his years as the Hagerstown Municipal Band conductor, Dr. Buys elevated what was once an obscure band to a position of national prominence. The band has presented summer concerts here in City Park since 1915. These concerts have become an important part of life in this community.
 
Location. 39° 38.138′ N, 77° 43.934′ W. Marker is in Hagerstown, Maryland, in Washington County. Touch for map. This marker is in Hagerstown's City Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 Virginia Avenue, Hagerstown MD 21740, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. City Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Great Indian Warrior/Trading Path
Band Shell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 7, 2019
2. Band Shell Marker
(about 800 feet away); Mary Titcomb (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hager House and Museum (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hager’s Fancy (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mt. Aetna Cannon (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jonathan Hager House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hagerstown Railway (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hagerstown.
 
Also see . . .  Peter Buys Bandshell. URL represented in QR code on nearby signage. (Submitted on April 19, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. EntertainmentMan-Made Features
 
1965 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 7, 2019
3. 1965
This Band Shell dedicated by the people of this community to the memory of

Dr. Peter Buys

for his 40 years of devoted service among us.
Band Shell image. Click for full size.
April 7, 2019
4. Band Shell
Original band shell now located in Hagerstown’s Wheaton Park.
Close-up of photo on marker
Dr. Peter Buys image. Click for full size.
5. Dr. Peter Buys
Close-up of photo on marker
Hagerstown Municipal Band image. Click for full size.
1915
6. Hagerstown Municipal Band
First photo taken of the Hagerstown Municipal Band in City Park, August 1915, under the direction of Vermond A. Knaus.
Modern Bandshell image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 7, 2019
7. Modern Bandshell
Old Band Shell in Wheaton Park image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 22, 2017
8. Old Band Shell in Wheaton Park
Band Shell<br>City Park image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 7, 2019
9. Band Shell
City Park
A central feature of City Park, the Peter Buys Band Shell hosts summer concerts by the Hagerstown Municipal Band and other entertainment. Scan this QR code with your smart phone for a short video about events and the history of this jewel of our community.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 19, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 17, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 17, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   3. submitted on April 19, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on April 17, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   8, 9. submitted on April 19, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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