Celebrate Memorial Day in CH with the All Generations Band

The All Generations Band at Cumberland Park, May 2012.  (Photo by Beth Sersig).

For the past 60 years, the All Generations Band has participated in the Cleveland Heights Memorial Day celebration. The band had its origins in the Oxford neighborhood, when it originally formed to participate in Oxford Elementary School's annual Father's Night program. Soon, the band joined the annual Memorial Day parade that traveled from Oxford to Denison Park, capped with celebratory ice cream cones at Rukasin's Drug Store on Noble Road. Past leaders include Bob Coppedge and David Adamson. 

In 2002, the All Generations Band received a proclamation from the City of Cleveland Heights, celebrating its many years of music. Today, band members range in age from 15–80, and include residents from Cleveland Heights as well as neighboring communities and states. Under the able leadership of Chris Brandt, the intrepid crew plays a repertoire of marches and American classics, including "You're A Grand Old Flag," "God Bless America," "The Yankee Doodle Boy" and several Sousa marches.

The band always welcomes new members. The commitment is small—just come to the Memorial Day celebration in Cumberland Park. The group practices that morning and has its one annual performance during the celebration. If you are interested in joining, contact allgenerationsband@gmail.com, or just grab your instrument and meet the band in Cumberland Park.

Mazie Adams

Mazie Adams is an active member of the Cleveland Heights community and enjoys dusting off her clarinet for the All Generations Band at the Memorial Day celebration.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 6:22 PM, 04.30.2015