2nd Wisconsin Band

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Collection Frank E. Callies
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Description Gelatin print mounted on gray colored card stock of the members of the 2nd Wisconsin National Guard band.
Year Range from 1898
Event Spanish American War
Year range to 1898
Medium Cardstock/Photographic Paper/Ink
Notes Outdoor view of the band, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard with instruments. They are sitting and standing beneath palm trees. Phil Laffey, Band Master, is sitting in a chair at right. Taken in Puerto Rico in August 1898 prior to their return to Wisconsin September 9.

Phillip A. Laffey was born in Portsmouth, England April 17, 1871. He began his musical career at age 14 and was a Band Master in the British Navy. In 1895 he came to the US and setled in Oshkosh. he became the violinist for Trinity Episcopal Church. He married Cora Mueller October 29, 1896. He was one of the founders of the Arion Band and the Acme Orchestra in Oshkosh. He served as the Band Leader of the 2nd WNG Band for several years and served during the Spanish-American War. In 1901 he moved to Chicago, IL where he instructed violin at the Chicago Conservatory. he also toured with orchestras for 11 seasons. The Laffeys returned to Oshkosh in November 1927 where he conducted the band at the Fischer theater. He invented improvements to the glockenschpiel and was an active music composer. He died in Oshkosh in 1947
Object ID P2004.20.4
Object Name Print, Photographic
People Laffey, Phillip A.
Place Coamao, PR
Print size 9" x 12"
Subjects Group photographs
2nd Wisconsin National Guard
Military bands
Arion Band
Spanish American War
Musical instruments
Title 2nd Wisconsin Band
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