Rare Melodies on Program of Tuskegee Band
Lake Shore News (Wilmette, Illinois), 17 Jul 1913, p. 2
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Southern Colored Instutute Band and Orchestra Which will Appear July 18, Will Have Unusual Songs
Visit arouses interest

By Arthur B. Dale, General Secretary of the Y.M.C.A.

Practically everybody at all conversant with the history and condition of the negro race in the United States has a keen appreciation of the wonderful work of culture and development beging conducted at Tuskegee by Dr. Booker T. Washington, and its remarkable success is sending out year by year men and women fully equipped to wage a continuing fight for the uplift and independence of their race. What has been accomplished by Dr. Washington in this regard is little short of miraculous. Not the least part of this great work is the rescue and collection of the old-time negro melodies of slave days and their proper interpretation for modern audiences through the medium of the Tuskegee club and orchestra. For several years Capt. N. Clark Smith, director of the band, has been collecting these melodies of a former day and putting them in permanent form. Frequently his travels took him far from the beaten pats in searh of some old song that otherwise would have been completely lost. These songs he has now compiled and they are being rendered in their original beauty and charm by the institute glee club.

Capt. Smith in Charge
This club, together with the orchestra and band, are under the direction of Capt. Smith and form one of the finest musical organizations in the country. Taken from the pupils of the institute, their members have been trained to the finer classical music as well as the distinctively negro melodies.
During the recent trip of Mr. Julius Rosenwald and party to Tuskegee, Mr. William S. Powers and Dean Thomas F. Holgate told the manager of the club and orchestra of the proposed Y. M. C. A. work for colored young men and boys in Evanston. He was greatly interested and, althought their contemplated tour only planned to touch the largest cities, and then for only one night, he volunteered to include Evanston in his itinerary and upon financial terms that make it a great opportunity to benefit the new colored Y. M. C. A.
To appear in Evanston
Arrangements were therefore made for the appearance of the entire Glee club band and orchestra, comprising about fifty people, at the Northwestern university gymnasium on Friday evening, July 18, at 8:15 o'clock. Tickets have been placed at a popular price, and when the opportunity to hear these old-time melodies at their best is fully understood by the public, the great festival hall should be filled. There will be no reserved seats, but holders of tickets are entitled to take any seat in their respective sections. The public is urged to attend in view of the double benefit to be derived, first, an evening of most enjoyable negro melody of the ante-bellum days, and second, the assistance that the success of the enterprise will mean to the plans for the benefit and uplift of the colored yoth of Evanston. Concerning this concert, Dean Lutkin of the Northwestern School of music writes:
A Unique treat
"An appearance of the Tuskegee Institute band at Evanston will be a unique treat. Not only is the playing of the band of a high grade of merit and worthy of patronage on that score, but the program offered is of exceptional interest as it is largly made up of the quaint negro melodies which are so appealing. These negro melodies are almost America's only original contribution to the art of music and their haunting fascination has attracted the attention of some o ftheworld's greatest composers. Their performance should be encouraged as well as the musical aspirations of the talented race which has produced them. Music lovers of Evantston will certainly miss a rare opportunity if they do not attend this concert."

Arthur B. Dale
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Capt. N. Clark Smith, director of the band at Tuskegee University, is rescuing and collecting songs and melodies of the ante bellum period for performance by Tuskegee glee club and orchestra. Arrangements have been made for a performance of the Glee club band and orchestra at Northwestern University on July 18th.

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17 Jul 1913
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Rare Melodies on Program of Tuskegee Band