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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Mt. Pleasant Brass Band




Brass Band Organized

The following was recorded by Mrs. Louise Hastler: "In the autumn of 1869 the governor sent out a notice to the citizens of Sanpete County that a military drill would be held the first week in November, did requested all soldiers and men that could bear arms to be ready and on hand for a three-day drill. The gathering place would be between Ephraim and Manti. All captains and officers of the Indian War organizations should be represented and also the Military bands . . . . When this notice was served the brethren wanted to make a good showing and made necessary preparations. John Hastler had arrived in Mt. Pleasant in October and brought with him a full set of musical instruments from Switzerland. Bishop Seeley and the leading brethren engaged him to organize a Brass Band at once. This was affected about the 15th of October, 1869, with John Hastler, James Hansen, Bent Hansen, John Waldermar, Andrew Beckstrom, Daniel Beckstrom. James C. Meiling, August Wall, Aaron Oman, Peter Syndergaard. Andrew Syndergaard, Soren Hansen, Lars Nielsen (Fiddler), Mortin Rasmussen, Jacob Hafen, Ulrich Winkler, Oscar Barton, Charlie Hampshire, and Paul Coates. John Hastler and Olaf Rosen­lof were chosen as their leaders. John Hastler distributed the instruments at once. In three weeks, at the appointed time, they were able and ready to play six or more of our national and popular tunes, which made a good showing for Sanpete County. Their efforts were much praised and appreciated by the visiting staff."


  History of Mt. Pleasant Hilda Madsen Longsdorf  pp 131,132



MEMBERS OF THE BRASS BAND 1869
John Hasler, Director
Daniel Beckstrom................... August Wall
Charlie Hampshire................. Andrew Beckstrom
John Waldermar.....................Peter Syndergaard
James Meiling.........................Andrew Syndergaard
James Hansen.........................Lars Nielsen (Fiddler)
Bent Hansen............................Morten Rasmussen
Loren Hansen..........................Oscar Barton
Jacob Hafen.............................Paul Coates
Aaron Oman............................Ulrich Winkler

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