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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Long Beach Struggled from the Beginning to Fund the Municipal Band

When it formed the Long Beach Municipal Band in 1909, it did so to stop foreign musicians from playing on the local beach and making money. The push for the band was that Long Beach wanted "American" musicians and not Italians and so an ordinance was passed that made the Municipal Band employees under the direct control of the city.

While a tax was eventually passed to pay for the Municipal Band, other means of financial support were explored, including "municipal advertising" by sending the band across the U.S. on a "California on Wheels" tour as detailed in this article from a 1912 OUTWEST magazine.

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