The Twenties

1920
Director Frederic L. Reynolds '20, Manager P. K. McElroy '20, Drill Master F. W. Hall '20, Drum Major F. L. Reynolds ' 20. Personnel of 60 includes two wooden piccolos, a curved soprano sax, a small D trumpet, a C-sax and a bari sax. Women are given the right to vote.
1921
Director Frederic L. Reynolds '20, Manager J. D. Chase '22, Drill Master F. W. Hall '20, Drum Major F. L. Reynolds ' 20. Band leads "snake dance" against Yale. Successful concert season includes third annual concert and dance at Union, and spring trip to Atlantic City and Baltimore. First network radio broadcast originates from Boston.
1922
Director Addison Simmons '24, Manager A. Simmons '24, Drill Master A. Simmons '24, Drum Major A. Simmons '24. James Joyce publishes Ulysses. Band performs first military maneuvers. Concerts include Tchaikovsky's F minor Symphony and Grieg's "Sigurd Jorsalfar" Suite.
1923
Director Addison Simmons '24, Manager A. Simmons '24, Drill Master A. Simmons '24, Drum Major A. Simmons '24. Instrumentation includes two alto horns but still no sousaphones. First motion picture with sound appears. Addison Simmons '24, after filling every senior staff position for two straight years, disappears and is never heard from again.
1924
Director Ambrose F. Keeley '27, Manager W.H. Kilman '25, Drill Master A. Keeley '27, Drum Major A. Keeley '27. First free transportation and tickets to Yale and Princeton games away. Seventy-five men in Band. Gershwin writes Rhapsody in Blue. First sousaphone appears.
1925
Director Ambrose F. Keeley '27, Manager F.B. Hill '26, Drill Master A. Keeley '27, Drum Major A. Keeley '27. First use of popular music. New tryout system is developed. Scopes is put on trial for teaching evolution. Concerts attempt to "bring to the Harvard graduates in New England cities the atmosphere of the football field." Leroy Anderson '29 joins the Band as a trombone player.
1926
Director Ambrose F. Keeley '27, Manager R. Piper '27, Drill Master A. Keeley '27, Drum Major A. Keeley '27. First recording made, for Victor Records, includes "Up the Street." Two xylophones and two banjos used as gimmicks at Dartmouth game. First concert at New York Harvard Club before Yale game. First aerosol spray can appears.
1927
Director Harold Holland '28, Manager S. Ganz '28, Drill Master H. Holland '28, Drum Major H. Holland '28. First big Bass Drum acquired at meeting of Associated Harvard Clubs in Philadelphia. Wright Briggs, later conductor and arranger, joins as a clarinet player. Charles Lindbergh flies across the Atlantic.
1928
Director Harold Holland '28, Manager W.E. Roys '29, Drill Master H. Holland '28, Drum Major H. Holland '28. First Band radio broadcast, from Roseland Ballroom in Boston, on December 4th. Amelia Earhart flies across the Atlantic. Guy Slade '32, later drum sergeant, director, and drill master, joins as a piccolo player.
1929
Director Leroy Anderson '29, Manager L.F. Hubbard '31, Drill Master L. Anderson '29, Drum Major L. Anderson '29. Band travels to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to support football team. Malcolm Holmes '28, later conductor, joins as a bass drum player. Stock market crashes on "Black Tuesday."
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