Sunday, November 11, 2007

Queen City Concert Band

Veterans Day at Memorial Hall

I really can't think of a more fitting venue for a "Salute to Veterans" concert than Memorial Hall. And I cannot think of a more fitting way to spend Veterans Day than listing to some patriotic songs and marches in the magnificent Beaux Arts facility completed in 1908 to commemorate the soldiers, sailors, marines and pioneers of Hamilton County.

It was a day of "firsts" as I had never been inside Memorial Hall nor had I ever heard, or heard of for that matter, the Queen City Concert Band. They were founded by the Cincinnati Recreation Commission in the early 1970's. The amateur adult concert band plays various venues and events around downtown Cincinnati. Memorial Hall was designed by Samuel Hannaford & Sons and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Statues on the main facade were designed by Clement Barnhorn and represent pioneers, soldiers and sailors from the Revolutionary War through the Spanish American War. Barnhorn (1857 - 1935) was a student of Louis Rebisso (W.H. Harrison Statue in Piatt Park) at the Art Academy and later an instructor. His work can be seen in many Cincinnati Public Schools including fountains, friezes, and sculptures; many through his collaborations with Rookwood Pottery. He did the angels on Duveneck's tombstone (1923) and the Memorial Fountain to Clara Baur (1914) at UC.

Ok, enough of that. Here are some photos . . . Sorry about the darkness.


Mike said...

I had no idea that the Recreation Commission had a hand in founding the Qeen City Concert Band. Seems like they had more vision then.

I thought it was a great event.

Jason said...

I'll have to check that out sometime. I love the architecture inside. Great shot of the staircase.