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Bill Cotter

Strike up the band!

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Conductor Paul Lavalle leads the Cities Service World's Fair Band of America late one day in April 1965. Newly restored 35mm slide from my collection.

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As a teenager I enjoyed listening to the band on radio. The introduction went something like this: "Forty eight states, forty eight stars, forty eight men . . . the Cities Service Band of America, conducted by Paul Lavalle." Unfortunately I almost never encountered the band during the fair, probably because they performed from a moving bandstand, and I was usually in another part of the fairgrounds.

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I saw them perform in passing and maybe 2-3 times while stopped, but I was always more interested in seeing another pavilion than any "old folk" band music!

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