Posted on May 24, 2012 at 9:22 AM by Global Reach
The Hamilton County band was honored to be the official band for several years following this initial performance. Eventually the livestock show officials decided to pass this honor on to another state. But the Hamilton County 4-H Band continued with several in-state engagements. The 1934 Annual Report stated, “It would be very hard to estimate the value of the fine performances of the Hamilton County 4-H Band.” In addition to their appearances in Chicago, they appeared in concerts in Alden, Clarion, Fort Dodge, Blairsburg, Blue Earth, MN, and the All County 4-H Club as well as neighboring county fairs.
The report stated, “Sunday after Sunday the band practiced, and the way they were received was a splendid tribute to the efforts they had contributed toward making the band much better.” Much credit was due to Mr. Schaub, director, and Mr. Hanson for handling the management of the band.
The 4-H Band, especially the original group, was very anxious to do all they could to have a successful farewell party. As a result, club members from all over the county gathered on the outskirts of Jewell and marched to the Gronbeck home surprising the Bonners who had been called there for a quiet evening of visiting. The band played pieces that John Bonner liked the best, and everything was done to give this worthy family a real farewell party.
They voted to limit its membership to 50 individuals, business establishments, farmers or organizations. The membership fee was set at $50.00 and the Foundation was to be administered by a group of seven people. Three were to be named from the Foundation, one from the Farm Bureau board and one from the Fair board. Two advising members were representative of the Boys and Girls Club committee. Chuck Donhowe, Extension Director and later the Director of the Iowa Extension Service, assisted with the formation of this unique foundation.