Date of Award
Master of Music
The purpose of this research is to present a detailed history of the Christian Brothers Band in Memphis, Tennessee from 1872 to 1947, the first seventy-five years of the program. In this research Iam also exploring the possibility that the band may be the oldest high school band in America, outliving bands before it and having a continuous existence since its founding (based mainly on its lineage of band directors). Furthermore, the project provides a comprehensive history of the Christian Brothers music programs, including band, choir and orchestra rosters, music awards given throughout the years, works performed by musical groups on and off the campus, and the traditions that were held by the band in its early years.Additionally, the research explores the questions of why the oldest high school band in America was founded in Memphis, and why it was allowed to prosper in this city. The study investigates bands of other early Christian Brothers Schools in America, high school bands that existed before the Christian Brothers Band in Memphis, the condition of musical life in the city of Memphis (primarily band music), and historical events that molded the band throughout its first seventy-five years.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Bolton, Patrick Joseph, "The Oldest High School Band in America: The Christian Brothers Band of Memphis, 1872-1947" (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 165.