During Mr. Bender's tenure in office, several concerts were given for
the prisoners in the Cumberland County Prison on East High Street in
Carlisle. Fire Companies were very active in these times and the band
played for all of their summer festivals held at the rear of the
firehouses. The fire companies sponsored a lot of parades to show off
their trucks, equipment and uniforms and the Washington Fire Company
frequently hired the Singer Band to travel and play in these parades in
towns as far away as Sunbury, PA and Winchester, VA.
The band rehearsed in a large room
on the second floor of a building directly to the rear of the First
Bank and Trust Company (Now PNC). A similarity to today's band
schedule, rehearsals were on Thursday nights, but started at 8:00PM.
This band room was very convenient to the town square in front of the
bank and many concerts were given there. It was also fairly close to
the Rakestraw Ice Cream factory and one Thursday night each summer was
always set aside for a concert in the little lot in front of this
building. This concert was very popular with the band members and there
was always a good turnout because at about the halfway mark, the civic
minded Roy E. Rakestraw would send employees out of the factory with
pint boxes of ice cream for each member.
By 1930 a local electrician, Lloyd
A. Bender was the band's director and solo cornetist. His electric
store and shop were located where Reid's Instrument Shop was, on West
Main Street. He later ran for Cumberland County Sheriff, and the
Singer Band played at political meetings throughout the county to help
him get elected several times.
In the 1950s, interest in the band
faded as high school bands became more popular.
The Singer Band was not fully revived until December 1980 with the help
of the late Leonard Reid, former owner of Reid's Instrument Shop in
Mechanicsburg. George Shaffer, a former musician in the U.S. Army Band
in Washington, D.C., became the new director and lead the band until
his retirement in December 2000. Mr. Matt Wieseman is the present
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