The Music Man and Colon Juvenile Band
From the Colon Express, 1981; by Dale Baad: ”In 1912, Clarence J. Ried, a young music teacher and Director from Three Rivers, came to Colon on the 7 a.m. train, two days a week, giving private lessons on all kinds of musical instruments, taking the 9 p.m. train back to Three Rivers. As soon as he has enough ready musicians, he organized the “Colon Juvenile Bank.” The band rehearsed at the old town hall from 7 to 9 p.m., when the night train left for Three Rivers. 12 High School boys and 4 older musicians made up the first band as follows: CORNETS: Lawrence Niendorf, Henry Hovis, Otto DeWitt, Ralph Yeatter, Ross Stull; ALTOS: Randall Wagner, Chas. Everhart; CLARINETS: Leslie Hartman, T. J. Mour; TOMBONES: Dale Baad, Leon Millard, Mayne Ware, BARITONE: George Schellhouse; BASS: Leonard Bright; SNARE DRUM: Arthur Kane; BASS DRUM: John Moore. This was the beginning of the Town Band which lasted for several years, playing Wednesday evening concerts on State Street, sponsored by local merchants. This band was financed entirely by its members paying weekl dues, later assisted by income from concerts and “out of town” engagements. Encouraged by the success of the Juvenile band, Director Ried organized the “Boy Scout” band, ages 10 to 14 which became a feeder for the older organization.