Fund Set Aside for Detroit Band
For the first time in the history of the city of Detroit, Mich. an official appropriation of $2,000 has been made by the City Council, effective July 1st, as part of the Fire Department budget for the maintenance of the Fire Department Band, thus relieving the Firemen’s Fund Association of that annual disbursement.
The band was organized in 1920 and to-day it has a total personnel of 45 members. It plays at all official functions of the department, as well as at public concerts, parades, funerals and for the radio. The band master is a private musician who receives $10 for each rehearsal he conducts. The firemen who play in the band organization are allowed whatever time they lose of their own when playing. They have regular days for practice once a week and all of the bandmen are on the same shift.
The uniforms of the members were originally purchased by the Firemen’s Fund Association. Future allotments of band uniforms will be provided for out of the city appropriation.