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Friday, March 5, 2004
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Bands Played by 1882
♦  The Brainerd City Band came into existence in 1882, organized by William Dresskell, a band leader at the age of 17 years. Dresskell had served in the 55th Ohio Volunteer Regiment in the War of Rebellion, playing in the regimental band during his term of service. He had also been a cornet soloist with a well known group, Peake Family Bell Ringers, traveling extensively throughout the country. Dresskell operated a jewelry store, specializing in watch repairing, and handling bicycles.

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Excellent Music Featured Through Brainerd History
♦  An appreciation of and an opportunity to hear good music has been kept alive throughout Brainerd's history from an early Brainerd Musical club through the present Lake Area Music association.

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Drum-Bugle Corps Adds City Spirit
♦  The Brainerd Ladies Drum & Bugle Corps as it is known today was organized in 1936. A group of local girls, watching a smartly turned out Corps in a parade. decided Brainerd could do as well. Evelyn Rofidal, Almira Christenson and Viola McKay started the ball rolling by calling on a few of their friends.

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