yesterday's tennessee

Yesterday's Tennessee

First Parsons School Band, circa 1948

from the photograph collection of B. R. Jennings

left to right:  Thomas Graves, Mary Nell Luna, James Myracle Bowman, Billy Ralph Durham, Jerry Laster,
Alfred Tate Rogers, Glenn Wallace, Jack Hays, Bowman Rains, Joe Louis Luna, Billy Ray Jennings

standing:  Director: Ms. Gussie Tate

This band was composed of a group of students from Parsons who took private lessons from Ms. Gussie Tate from Decaturville.  Ms. Tate taught from Jenkins's Beginners Band Book.  The band was not a school sponsored group but they did play at school functions.  It was a precursor to Parsons school bands that developed in later years.

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