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Silver and Gold Band seeks musicians
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The famed Silver and Gold Band is looking for musicians to keep its 151-year tradition going strong.

McMinnville’s Silver and Gold Band is seeking musicians with a desire to have fun, entertain, and keep a 151-year-old tradition alive.

Former, current and new members are invited to attend practices which are held Monday evenings, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. There are no auditions. Everyone is welcome. Practices are held in the building located on the Warren County Middle School campus adjacent to the bus shed.

“The McMinnville Silver and Gold Band is the oldest community band of its kind in the state of Tennessee,” said Neil Schultz, who traced the band’s history. “The band began in 1871 as the Warren House Cornet Band, which was sponsored by the Warren House Hotel, and the band performed for hotel guests, as well as the community at large.”

During the first 50 years, the name of the band changed and changed again.

“After the Warren House Hotel went out of business, the band was supported by the Southern College of Photography of McMinnville,” said Schultz. “The founder of the college, Dad Lively, as well as many of the faculty and students, became a dedicated part of the McMinnville Community Band along with other members of the community.”

In 1920, the McMinnville Community Band officially became the McMinnville Silver Band.

“In the 1950s, due to a misquote by a news announcer, the McMinnville Silver Band became the McMinnville Silver and Gold Band,” said Schultz. “However, by whatever name, McMinnville has had a unique community band that has persisted for well over a century.”

The Silver and Gold Band performs during Warren County A&L Fair, Fourth of July celebrations, Pork ‘n Bands, the Christmas parade, and at schools, Three Star Mall, and patriotic events in surrounding counties. 

The band is composed of more than 30 area musicians playing woodwinds, brass, and percussion instruments and is directed by former Warren County High School band director Mike Chilcutt.

Any interested musicians are invited to attend Monday night practices. For additional information, call Chilcutt at (931) 235-4111.