Alton A. Adams The First Black Bandmaster in the US Navy Alton A. Adams, a gifted musician, wrote many articles about music history for the local Virgin Islands’ newspapers. 🎼 He was enamored by talented Black musicians like Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Joseph H. Douglass and Harry T. Burleigh. In honor of Black History Month, here is a […]
Alton A. Adams
Classic Book by Alton A. Adams Still A Great Resource!
Sharing one of my favorite resource books, the Memoirs of Alton Augustus Adams. 📕 It was invaluable in helping me share stories about the visits of Edna St. Vincent Millay, the airship, USS Los Angeles and more! Happy birthday to Mr. Adams who would have been 128 today. A special thank you to Dr. Dante […]
The First Performance of the Adams Juvenile Band ~ 1910
Adams Juvenile Band ON THIS DAY in 1910, the Adams Juvenile Band gave their first performance! 🎷🥁🎺 It took place at the All Saint’s Parish Hall, which was “crowded with enthusiastic listeners.” Here is an article from the newspaper published in 1911. The Concert Eighteen boys, playing mostly brass instruments acquitted themselves in a manner that won the admiration […]