Omaha firemen's band forms in 1928

In February 1928, under the headline “Music getting hot,” The World-Herald announced that the newly organized firemen’s band was beginning rehearsals. Practice was held at 11th and Dodge Streets, which was an old firehouse, but at the time was being used as the National Guard Armory. John Otte, standing in the middle row at the far left, who was director of the Creighton University band and a member of the Omaha symphony orchestra, was tapped as bandmaster of the firemen’s group. Players in the band signed up for the group as a recreational activity. All members worked the same shift, so they could be free to practice together. The hope was that the group would be become proficient enough to give a benefit concert in six to eight months.

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