Detailed History


Christian Brothers Band and Chorus May 1st 1948 in Ellis Auditorium

        After getting his feet firmly set, Ralph Hale Decided to advance the band to Class A, and complete with the best bands in the region.  In a short time the students showed vast Musical improvement.  The Band Budget this year included 6 parade drums for $540, one bass drum for $75, one tuba for $400, one Alto Clarinet for $100, two french horns for $500, one Bass Clarinet for $400, one Oboe for $400, and one flute for $100.
        On May 1st, in Ellis Auditorium, commemorating the American Centennial of the Christian Brothers and the Diamond Jubille of Christian Brothers College the Christian Brothers performed their Annual Spring Concert.  The concert was a success and was further proof of the caliber of the musicians that make up the band.  The Concert Band was awarded a first division rating in Class A competition in West Tennessee during the spring.  On the list of its achievements was a three-day concert tour through Cleveland, Greenville, and Clarksdale, Miss.
        Many of the boys in the band were presented with awards at the annual band banquet held in early May.  The band personnel presented to Mr. Hale a modernistic metal conductor's stand in appreciation of his fine leadership.  Brother Raphael presented the following awards to the band members. 
        Both medals and letter for earning a net of 100 band merits were awarded to John Nail, Raymond Vun Kannon, John Dozier, Richard Mosteller, Conrad Lemm, Dick Moseley, Kenneth Bennett, Frank Prichard, Joe Green, Howard Carson, Oscar Crofford, Grover Jones, Jimmy Higgins, Joe Taylor, Al Gross, John Hartloper, and Jack Reilly.
        Band letters for achieveing a net of 50 or more merits went to the following:  Joe Waltermath, Louis Jacobson, Jay Ehrlicher, Ronnie Waschka, Larry Campagna, Joe Lee, Jack Borg, James Hanna, Lee Dixon, Jim Anchors, Richard Scianni, Herrington Ragsdale, Charles Cahill, Louis Werne.
        Special Awards were given to the following, Harrington Ragsdale for Best Spirit, Ronnie Waschka, Joe Lee, Charles Cahill for Perfect Attendance, Jack Althherr for most improvement, Richard Mosteller and Richard Scienni as most valuable (What would be known as the Arion Award), J.C. Johnston as most valuable in basic band, and Joe Saino as most improvement in basic band.
        A Basic Band also began in February of this year. The band practiced twice a week after school hours in order to allow those who had not yet enrolled in Christian Brothers.  Richard Scianni student conducted the band with training from Brother Raphael.

    Entering the West Tennesse Band Festival for the third successive year, Christian Brothers' College, Memphis, oce again recieved a superior rating but with this difference:  The band entered class A, which is one above its regular status according to enrollment.  Bands are classified as follows: Class A, 750 or more; class BB, 400 to 750; class B, 250 to 400; class CC, 100 to 250; class C, below 100; and class D, beginner bands.
    Regulations, however, allow a band to enter a class higher if is so wishes, although no band may enter a class lower.
    Not only did C.B.C. band gain a superior ratin in concert band work but it also took top honors in solo and ensemble work.  Out of 29 entries, 18 gained a rating of I (superior) and the remaining 11 all were classified as II (excellent).  In all, the boys of C.B.C. won 77 medals, 52 superiors, and 25 excellent.  The total list of entrants includes the following:  Three brass sextets, one horn quartet, two trumpet trios, one trumpet duet, two trumpet solos, two baritone solos, two horn solos, two trombone solos, one trombone quartet, one brass quartet, one drum quintet, one drum quartet, two drum solos, three clarinet quartets, one clarinet trio, one clarinet duet, and three clarinet solos.
    West Tennessee was especially favored in its judges for this festival contest: N.W. Hovey of the Arthur Jordan Conservatory of Music, Indianapolis, Ind., a specialist in woodwinds; and Clarence Gates, instrumental superior of the Tulsa, Oakla., school system, an expert in brass and percussion.

Ole Miss-Boston College Game 1948
Christian Brothers Band performes "When You Wore a Tulip"

CBHS Marched and played the song "When You Wore A Tulip"

CBHS Band Sponsors
Left to right: Sally Webb (Sacred Heart), Anita Rector (St. Thomas), Doloris West (Sacred Heart), Jean Donnelly (Holy Names) Marilyn McNamara (St. Agnes), Delia Herbers (Holy Names), Betty Wiley (St. Thomas)


All State Band held in Chattanooga
Left to right: John Nail,


1947-48 Band Officers
left to right: Jack Reilly - Vice President, Oscar Crofford - Secretary,  Grover (Buck) Jones - Librarian,  Richard Mosteller - President


Richard Mosteller - Band President


Graduating Seniors

Edward John Althers, Jr.
James A. Anchors
Jack P. Berg
Charles J. Cahill - Memphis State College, navy School of Music, Non-Union dance bands
Grover C. Jones, Jr.
Richard Mosteller - Memphis State College, American Federation of Musicans, Army Band.
H. L. "Dooney" Ragsdale - Memphis State College, Army Band, American Federation of Muscians
Joseph F. Walremath
Joseph Allan Taylor - Memphis State College, Navy School of Music, Non-Union dance bands
Kenneth Bennet - Memphis State
James Wilson - Memphis State


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