100 Years Ago: Classic Concert by 80th Battalion Band

The Intelligencer May 8, 1916 (page 8)

“Classic Concert By 80th Band. Griffin Opera House last night contained an audience which filled the spacious building to its capacity. The occasion was a farewell concert given by the band of the 80th Battalion under the able leadership of Bandmaster Lieut. H.A. Stares, Mus. Bach.

This fine musical organization had previously been heard in this city, but the programme presented last night was, if possible, more varied and intricate than upon former occasions. Three of the numbers rendered were, to say the least, of such a nature as to bring out the musical ability of each and every member of the band. That they executed the same in a manner that was most pleasing, is a mild expression.

For encores to the numbers on the programme, ‘Nearer My God to Thee,’ ‘Oh, Dry Those Tears,’ and ‘Who’s Next?’ were given. Each number was received with much enthusiasm by the audience. …

Bandmaster Lieut. Stares spoke a few words to the audience, stating on behalf of the band that he desired to say good-bye to a Belleville audience, as the band and the battalion would in a few days leave for overseas to do their duty for King and Country.

It may be stated that there are two Bellevillians connected with the band, namely Sergt. W.G. Grant, drummer, and Hurley Vickers, trombone player.”