Bands and Ensembles (Europe & North America) Vintage Photo Gallery
Hello friends, Samm Bennett here. This is a collection I've put together of photos featuring bands and musical ensembles of various types, from Europe and North America, and a few from Australia. This gallery features many different kinds of groups, some rather unusual. For my photo gallery of vintage early jazz and jug bands, please go HERE. Hope you enjoy viewing them! And remember, this (and my other galleries as well) is updated regularly, with new pics added to the top of the page, so visit again!
What a swell buncha goof balls! This old photo is from New Orleans, Louisiana.
Five musicians and a... dog. And dig the shoes on my sax man at right. Styling! source
Musicians aboard the USS Wabash. A Union blockade ship during the American Civil War.
The hottest band in Hicksville, circa 1930 - source
The Red Top Gypsum Mill Band of Fort Dodge, Iowa source
1898 - Christchurch, New Zealand: A photo of the Christchurch Cycling Brass Band
Hey, it's a band.
1898 - Colorado Springs, Colorado: a circus band of the Sunflower Carnival
1896, New Orleans, Louisiana: the John Robichaux Orchestra
Best marching band this side of New Orleans.
Sand Springs, Oklahoma Salvation Army children's band
I'm sweet on Winnie.
Gotta love that hand tinting.
These fellows here were having a grand old time.
Medicine show minstrels: Doc Kerr's Indian Remedy Copany, South Carolina, 1920s
Five count 'em FIVE drum kits! And, yeah, a few accordions, too.
A Kansas City high school band. via
The fellow at the left of the photo obviously had the most important job. via
I know it's not really a *band*, but I couldn't resist including this wonderful photo.
Depending on your persuasion, this could be heaven or this could be hell. via
The Ingenues, an all-girl band and vaudeville act, serenading the cows in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Dairy Barn in a scientific test of whether the cows would give more milk to the soothing strains of music.
Read all about this band at the excellent Old Hat Records website, and check out all the photos in their fine Picture Gallery
This jolly looking bunch were recorded for posterity by a photographer from St. Louis, Missouri. Photo was for sale on an auction site.
A high school band in Wisconsin, 1928.
Tonight, folks, we've got a really big shoe!
All banjos all the time! via
German mandolin ensemble, 1920s.
New South Wales, Australia
Bathing suited band.
Now this is my kinda band, right here!
G. Oliver Riggs and his Esbon (Kansas) Cornet Band in 1885 via
Tomah Indian School Band, Wisconsin, 1911
"Our club" 1905
Wish I had a higher resolution version of this photo. Play it, ladies!
Sorry, this one is lo-rez as well. But... those hats!
Two men to an accordion?
America. This is America, right here. Well, as it once was, anyway.
Band on the run.