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By Gary L. Gillett
Missoula City Band 

City Bands Embodied Early Montana Communities (Pt. 1)

This is Montana


September 11, 2019

Courtesy of Gary L. Gillett

'The Missoula City Band: Stories in Time' book cover

The history of the Missoula City Band in many ways mirrors the history of Missoula, Montana. Since Missoula's virtual beginning – the time Montana was only a territory and not yet a state – the Missoula City Band played.

Through two world wars and the Great Depression, through a surge of pioneers moving west and into contemporary times, its horns blew, reeds vibrated, drummers drummed and c...

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