Orchestra Shell Construction at West Park, Ann Arbor. Orchestra Shell was constructed with funding from the Works Progress Administration (WPA). In early articles it was referred to as either the "West Park Orchestra Shell" or the "West Park Band Shell" but by the 1940s was referred to only as the "West Park Band Shell"
Rehearse for Pageant: There was lots of activity at West Park Band Shell yesterday as children from various city playgrounds rehearsed their parts for the playground pageant ""American Storybook."" It will be given at the shell at 8:15 p.m. tomorrow, or in case of rain, on Thursday. Supervising the Rip VanWinkle scene above are Virginia Dawson (left), Donald J. Shetler, director, throwing bowling ball, and Rosemary Scanlon (right), who has charge of dancing.
Sunday Concert in West Park: Ron Miller of 1023 Church (right foreground) plays the electric bass guitar at one of The Seventh Seal's Sunday concerts in West Park band shell. Bill Kirchen sings into the microphone just behind Miller. Steve Elliott plays the drums at left. Dan Chesluk is playing the electric organ at center. The concerts are well attended, with hundreds of persons showing up last Sunday. Many city residents have joined the crowds--some to satisfy their curiousity.
Band Concert in the Park: Mrs. Sidney Fine and her daughter, Debby (left foreground), join the Henry E. Christophersons and daughter, Jane (right foreground), the family of Civic Concert bandsman Don Christopherson who played a baritone horn solo at Wednesday's concert at West Park. With the group are the Clarence Baylises, parents of another performer, Don Baylis. The concerts last an hour.
Soloist and Admirer: Baritone horn soloist Don Christopherson tunes up for the band concert at West Park under the admiring gaze of a faithful member of the audience, five-year-old Scott George, son of the James Georges of Brooks Street. For his solo, Mr. Christopherson chose Andante et Allegro by Barat. Victor Bordo conducts the band composed of some 80 adults, University and high school students.
Park Band Opens Summer Season: The Ann Arbor Park band, sponsored by Joseph F. Buhr of the Buhr Machine Tool Co., opened its summer season last night with a concert in West Park. The band, directed by D. C. Ryan, is shown playing from the orchestra shell for a gathering of music lovers sitting on benches and on the grass. Present plans call for a series of six Sunday evening concerts by the band, which is composed of both union and non-union musicians employed in Ann Arbor, many of them at the Buhr plant. The band was organized last summer by Mr. Buhr for the benefit of both music-lovers and musicians.