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A Chamber of Commerce float for a Band Festival parade. The festival in Huntington was started in 1936 by Henry Shadwell of Huntington High School, Charles Gorby of South Charleston and Carl McElfresh of Logan High School. Jack Dennis says the lady on the far right is his wife, Patty Pancake, who is now deceased. The lady second from right is Clara Spangler. "This week's pictures caused me to notice the easily identified Huntington East High majorettes Highlander outfits (far right two majorettes in first float picture)," said Frank Booth. "Those stylish uniforms were designed and hand-crafted by Huntington's best tailor Ernesto DePascale. Mr. DePascale taught tailoring at the East High Trade School, worked as the master tailor at Robert A. Kopp men's store just down from the Keith-Albee and was a tailor/consultant for the Corbin Limited pants factory in the West End. Mr. DePascale's son Ernie was my classmate and remains my great friend. He now resides in Athens, Ga., where he is a lawyer, having served as Athens/Clarke County city/county attorney. He and I plan to be in Huntington the weekend of July 14 for the HHS 50th Reunion."

Gallery: Do you remember? -- June 25, 2012 -- Band Festival photos from 1947, 1950 and 1951

Jun. 25, 2012 @ 12:45 PM

The annual Band Festival in Huntington was started in 1936 by Henry Shadwell of Huntington High School, Charles Gorby of South Charleston and Carl McElfresh of Logan High School.


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July 28, 2011 -- Bob Hope's 1965 visit

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May 28, 2011 -- Field House Memories

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May 9, 2011 -- Huntington State Hospital fire on Nov. 26, 1952

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1984 Marshall vs. ETSU, welcome home rally

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"Huntington may had as many as 100 bands for the statewide band festival," said Dr. Ralph Turner of Huntington. "It really was a big deal. I believe bands would form together at Marshall, march down 4th Avenue to 8th Street and march to Fairfield Stadium. It was a long march, and it was not unusual for band members to  faint.

"Out-of-town band members in the 1950s and earlier would stay free of charge at Huntington homes. That was always special to find out what band members would stay at people's houses. Band members would be in town for several days and while here would on their own march in town other than the big parade on Saturday.

"Bands also would  play for ratings. It was a big deal to get a top rating. These took place in the City Hall auditorium."

Richard McCoy of Huntington said it was a time when tens of thousands of the state's youth left their hometown and went to "a real city."

"The organizers were giants in the ability to pull it together and locate housing for the band members," McCoy said. "The homes of Huntingtonian were opened to the visitors, their chaperones and band educators.

"Fridays were a time to skip school and go downtown to watch the bands practice. Of course, the band members all wanted to go to Camden Park, and Ohio Valley Buses headed toward the park were standing room only on that Friday evening.

"The parade seemed endless. The crowd on the sidewalk jammed together, all gawking, and the performances at Fairfield Stadium were packed with spectators to take in the spectacle and enjoy the spirited music."

On Sunday, Jan. 17, 1909, the first edition of The Herald-Dispatch hit the streets of Huntington.

While we no longer have very many photos from those early years, we do have a stash of negatives from the 1950s and early 1960s. Our dated, organized negative archives begin in April 1966.

Since December 2010, we have been scanning boxes of old negatives and posting them here at www.herald-dispatch.com/historicalphotos. We add what caption information we know, and readers have been helping to fill in the gaps.

If you can add caption information to any of the photos (or correct a caption we already have), email online editor Andrea Copley-Smith at acopley@herald-dispatch.com. Be sure to include the title of the gallery, details of the photo, your name and phone number.

Reprints of these photos are available. Find the photo you would like to purchase, then click "Purchase this photo" underneath it. Prices are $6 for a 4x6, $11 for a 5x7 and $15 for an 8x10. There are also bigger photo sizes and framing options, if you would be interested