Bands to be celebrated in museum exhibit

The 1957 Tulare High School Redskin Band, shown here, performed at Dwight Eisenhower’s Presidential Inaugural Parade. Courtesy Tulare Historical Museum

Mark your calendars and plan on visiting the Tulare Historical Museum between March 17 and April 7, for a special exhibition created exclusively for THM.  In honor of ‘Music in Our Schools Month’ the museum presents, “Big Band Bash: Tulare School Band Retrospective” held in the Heritage Art Gallery at THM. The opening kick-off of the exhibition is on Saturday, March 17 at 2pm.

Personal band memorabilia, much of which has rarely been seen, will highlight Tulare high schools and middle schools throughout the years. Special recognition will be given to the 1957 Tulare High School Redskin Band, who had the honor of performing at Dwight Eisenhower’s Presidential Inaugural Parade.

The idea for the exhibit came through members of the museum’s board of directors. They coordinated with Tulare schools’ band directors.

In conjunction with the exhibition, special live musical performances will be held in the Heritage Art Gallery on select days throughout the exhibition’s run. Performances are as follows:

Sat. Mar. 17, @ 2pm:  Tulare Community Stage Band

Sun. Mar. 18, @ 2pm:  Tulare Western High School Stage Band

Thurs. Mar. 22, @ 2pm:  Live Oak & Cherry Avenue Jazz Bands

Fri. Mar. 23, @ 2pm:  Los Tules & Mulcahy Jazz Bands

Sat. Mar. 31, @ 11am:  Special Performance TBA

Thurs. Apr. 5, @ 2pm:  Alpine Vista Jazz Band

Fri. Apr. 6, @ 2pm:  Tulare Union High School Stage Band

The special exhibition and musical performances are open to the public and free of charge. Regular admission applies for touring the Museum’s historical galleries:  Adults -$6, Seniors/AAA Members -$4, Students -$3, Tulare City Historical Society Members and Children 5 and under – free. The museum is located at 444 W. Tulare Ave. in Tulare. For more information, visit www.tularehistoricalmuseum.org or call, (559) 686-2074.

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