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Archive for November 18th, 2016

Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, April 12, 2016

By Bill Kombol

Local bands would often play at dances, wedding, funerals, churches, and of course parades. Music and bands are just one aspect of the rich history of coal mining towns.

Local bands would often play at dances, wedding, funerals, churches, and of course parades. Music and bands are just one aspect of the rich history of coal mining towns.

This photo #116926 has “musicians in Ravensdale” written on the back and comes courtesy of the Black Diamond Historical Society. It probably dates to the early 1900s, but none of the band members have yet been identified.

In today’s world music is ubiquitous—you hear it on the radio, television, movies, elevators, in your car, on your iPod, wherever you go there’s music.

It wasn’t always so. (more…)

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