HISTORY OF COALDALE VICTORY BAND
The Coaldale Victory Band was organized on October 18th,
1944 with a membership of 15 musicians. Mr. William Miller,
Sr. was their first Director.
The Band held their rehearsals in the East Ward School
Building, (now the W. & L. Mfg. Co.). The money the Band
earned by participating in parades, concerts, etc. was turned
back over to the Band by the members and put into a Building
Fund which was started for the purpose of having their own
building in which to practice.
Father Gasho, of Ss. Cyril and Methodious R.C. Church of
Coaldale was the Architect who planned (work was donated) this
new building for the Band. A lot was purchased on Sixth Street
in Coaldale and on June 6th, 1957 construction was started
with most of the band members doing the work in their free
time. The first rehearsal in the new building was held on
March 11th, 1958. A grand opening was held on April 12th, 1964
to celebrate the burning of the morgage.
Throughout the years the Coaldale Victory Band, had been
invited to attend the following:
United Mine Worker's Convention at Atlantic City - Sept.
Harry S. Truman's Pre-Election visit to Pottsville -
President Truman's Inauguration Ceremony -
Washington, D.C. - Jan. 1948.
United Mine Worker's
Convention at Cincinnati, Ohio - Sept. 1948.
Worker's Convention at Cincinnati, Ohio - Sept.
United Mine Worker's Convention at Cincinnati, Ohio -
Governor Lawrence's Inauguration at Harrisburg,
Pa. - Jan. 1956.
United Mine Worker's Convention at
Cincinnati, Ohio - Sept. 1960.
United Mine Worker's
Convention at Miami Beach, Fl. - Sept. 1964.
50 convention at Washington D.C. - Sept 1966.
50 convention at Washington D.C. - Sept 1972.
Worker's Convention at Las Vegas, Nev. - Sept 1972.
Steel Worker's Convention at Atlantic City - Sept. 1974.
The Coaldale Victory Band has given a great many Benefit
Performances throughout the years.
Officers of The Coaldale Victory Band at the present time
Director - Wash. King, Coaldale, Pa.
President - William
Miller, Coaldale, Pa.
V. President - Lawrence Dahm,
Treasurer - John F. Davis, Tamaqua,
Secretary - Dottie Paquette, Coaldale, Pa.
The Coaldale Victory Band Hall is rented out to the public
to the public for various occasions such as weddings, showers,
dances and many other functions. It is also being used at
present for Kindergarden.
Source: The Valley Gazatte. - Photos submitted by Bill