Gallery #6 SCENIC, AGRICULTURE, MILITARY, FIRE DEPT., SPORTS, MUSIC
Baker City Band on Capitol steps in Salem in 1905.

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Record 1200/1210
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Collection McCord
Date of photo 1902
Description White Swan Concert Band, 1902. The conductor, sitting in front middle, is Louis E. Freitag, a Baker City jeweler in business at Simmers & Freitag, 1912 Main.

According to a 1915 special promotional edition of the Baker Herald itled: "The Land of Opportunity: Baker County Oregon and Adjacent Territory," Coming West Edition, the band was the oldest amateur band in Oregon. 7-17-1901 two bands merged to become the White Swan Band in honor of Letson Baillet, who furnished uniforms and the largest drum in the U. S. Changed to present name 9-7-1907. Conductor L. E. Freitag. Band played for a week at Lewis and Clark Exposition in 1905, at Elks conventions in LA and Portland in 1910 and 1912 and at Pendleton Roundup in 1911. They performed the opera Mikado at the Opera House in 1908, and several minstrel shows, and a vaudeville show in at the Baker Theatre in 1915. The donors of the Baker City Park (Geiser-Pollman Park) built a beautiful band shell for the band.
Object ID 1981.1.1839
Place Baker City
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