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A Picture History with selected Newspaper Accounts

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Many of the pictures and other images to follow were selected by Michael Shea from his own personal collection. As such, many personal family pictures are included. All Band Members are invited to submit photos for inclusion on this page.

The differences between the words "Season" and "Anniversary" are not strictly adhered to. For the purpose of this website the two words are treated as Synonymous. Season, however, has a more accurate and important distinction for what we do, have done and will continue to do.

1981 -- Inaugural Season

The First year we set up on the back side of the Chapel Street restrooms on risers, facing east. That evening we set up on the west end of the Stadium floor in front of the goal posts. During the Parade we picked up music, stands, and chairs and dashed over to the southeast corner of University and Colton Avenue and played for the parade as it passed by. That evening we played for the crowd at Ted Runner Stadium on the west end. Load speakers were borrowed from a local Music Store. For that First Season we were were designated The Bethany 4th of July Band. Ever after we were known as The 4th of July Band or The Redlands 4th of July Band.

Redlands Daily Facts, Saturday July 4th, 1981, page 1: "At 5pm, the tenth annual Fourth of July parade will round the park, sparked by music from the Bethany Fourth of July Band and the Gordon Greys pipers." and inside: "A welcome addition to this year's Fourth festivities was the Bethany Fourth of July Band led by Curtiss Allen, Mrs. Beringeri said. Although the Band did not march they provided martial music from a location near the parade route and also entertained in the Park and during the University of Redlands stadium show."

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1982 -- 2nd Season

Our second year we were set up under the trees just north of the Chapel Street Restrooms in Sylvan Park. It was the first year for our Straw Hats. The picture is from the Daily Facts of Monday July 6th.

The Redlands Daily Facts, Monday July 6th, 1982, page 1: Redlands celebrates the Fourth -- Lead Article: The crowd (in the stadium) sang along softly as the Fourth of July Band played "America the Beautiful" and Beringeri snapped to attention as the Redlands High School color gaurd brought in the flag.

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1983 -- 3rd Season

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Redlands Daily Facts, July 3,1983 - Leader: "Fourth of July band has grown by leaps and bounds" by Nelda Stuck -- "Family affair" and "community spirit" are two phrases that describe the 80-plus member Redlands Fourth of July band that Curtiss Allen has organized and directs. "The purpose of the Band is to give people of varying experience, who might never have and opportunity to play, a chance to get their instruments out and dust them off, to pull together into a group of which they can be proud, and to offer good quality music" Allen said....."And the band has become a "family affair" involving this year the following families: Crane, Jabo, Ronchetto, Newton, Korfmacher, Shea, Sexton, Naftzer, Palmer, Webb, and Allen. The band just seemed to grow, with one player convincing another to join and so on down the line. Allen says he two rules for the band: 1) No Blasting, and 2) players have to know their part, "I require them to lay out if a piece becomes too hard, then come back in on the beat. They should not be ashamed if they can't play it all, he said, speaking of adults who have not played for years, or the very youngest students. Allen plans two programs Monday, each with different music: one at 2:30 - 3pm, and one from 3:30 - 4 near the Red Cross building at Chapel and High street." The band plans a picnic on July 17 in Sylvan Park. The event will include the sharing of photographs taken July 4th and another performance for the public"

Redlands Daily Facts, July 5th, 1983: The Fourth of July Band, assembled under two large trees on the west side of Sylvan Park, was encircled by parents and their young children. As they listened to the afternoon concerts along with a hand-clapping version of John Philip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever", a dissenent drum beat nearby announce the beginning of a heavy-metal session.

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1984 -- 4th Season

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Redlands Daily Facts, Thursday July 5, 1984 - Editorial and Opinion - 'Volunteers made July 4th special': "Not only is the Redlands Fourth of July celebration an annual success, it's an annual tribute to the spirit of volunteerism which makes Redlands such a special place.....Then there's the all-volunteer Fourth of July band, under the direction of Curtiss Allen. Members come from all over the East San Bernardino Valley to practice and perform. They even come from St.Louis. Bruce Hedlands got involved with the band when he was stationed at Norton Air Force Base. Now he's a commercial pilot based in St.Louis. But he wasn't going to miss his chance to beat the big bass drum and arrived Tuesday for rehearsal."

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1985 -- 5th Season

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For our 5th Season the Band purchased a paving brick as part of the City's Fundraiser to put new paving along Citrus Avenue. The Band's brick is located on the northeast corner of Citrus and Orange in front of what was then Keystone Drugs (currently "Darby's Cantina"). The brick reads: "The 4th of July Band -- Est. 1981". We held our second annual pre-fouth concert in the Santa Fe Depot Colonnade and celebrated our 5th Season with a birthday cake.

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1986 -- 6th Season

Last Pre-4th Concert in the Colonnade

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1987 -- 7th Season

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First Pre-4th Concert in the New Bandstand

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1988 -- 8th Season

Redlands Centennial Year

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The Program and Cover Art Work for the Band's Sylvan Park Proformances in July 1988 was produced and created by Michael Shea

1989 -- 9th Season

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1990 -- 10th Season

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1991 -- 11th Season

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1992 -- 12th Season

Advent of the "Jingling Johnny"

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1993 -- 13th Season

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1994 -- 14th Season

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1995 -- 15th Season

July 2, 1995 - Redlands Bowl Concert

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Redlands Daily Facts - John Andrews - July 5, 1995 - Ted Runner Stadium - "The Redlands Fourth of July Band directed by Curtiss Allen played several selections highlighting this year's Freedom's Victory theme commemorating the end of World War II....the Band had played most of their set during a performance at the Redlands Bowl on Sunday night which Allen had predicted would make the Ted Runner show 'Relaxed Fun' for the Band. With quest vocal performances by former mayor Carole Beswick (Goodie Goodie, Accentuate The Positive, and Dream) and Redlands police officer Cliff Thomas (The Star Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful, and God Bless America), Allen said it was just that."

Our 15th Year Celebration and Dinner

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1996 -- 16th Season

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1997 -- 17th Season

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1998 -- 18th Season

Redlands Daily Facts - Sunday August 5th, 1998.

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1999 -- 19th Season

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2000 -- 20th Season

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2001 -- 21st Season

I have no pictures for this year.

2002 -- 22nd Season

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2003 -- 23rd Season

I have no pictures for this year.

2004 -- 24th Season

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2005 -- 25th Season

Our 25th Season is an appropriate time to recall the number and variety of venues and occations the Band has performed for in addition to the 4th of July Celebrations

Smiley Library Centennial and Re-Dedication Festivities -- April 1998 --

Redlands Community Hospital 100th Anniversary

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Redlands Quilt Show

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Lincoln Shrine Festivities

The Spinit

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Veteran's Day

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Redlands Festival at Kimberly Crest

Perris Train Museum

Plymouth Village Strawberry Festival

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Santa Fe Depot Train Days

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Hillside Memorial Park Memorial Day Concert

1987 Thanksgiving Dinner on State Street -- Ed Hales Park Concert

Univ. of Redlands Football KickOff "RahRah" Event

Temecula Wine Festival

Win-The-Band Raffle #1 --

Win-The-Band Raffle #2 -- 653 West Highland Ave.

Santa Fe Depot Colonnade in Redlands

World Communion Sunday Observances

City of Redlands Centennial

City of Redlands Sesquicentennial

Redlands Bowl Season Concert

The James K. Guthrie Memorial Concert

Prospect Park Carridge House Renovation

Redlands Airport Dave Maupin Sendoff

March AFB Museum

Coronado Island Spreckles Park Summer Music Series

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Wildwood Canyon Park - Yucaipa

Bethany Reformed Church Thank You Concerts

Redlands Flower Show

2006 -- 26th Season

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Redlands Daily Facts, Sunday July 2, 2006 - page 4 -"grams will be available along with a CD....The final celebratory event will take place August 5th when the band gets together with family and friends for a banquet honoring its 25 years....Cost per person for banquet tickets will be $20 and they will also be available at the anniversary station on July 4 and afterwards at the city clerk's office....There is a limited number of tickets left."

The Redlands Bowl Program -- June 30th

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Redlands Daily Facts, July 6, 2006 -- "Redlands Fourth of July Band celebrates with a bang" by Eileen Hards.

Our 25th Anniversary Celebration and Dinner -- August 5th

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Founding Members (from left) Michael Shea, Ann Shea, Curtiss Allen, Sr., Kristy Elliot, and Stan Korfmacher

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2007 -- 27th Season

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2008 -- 28th Season

Opened Our Website through "Vistaprint" -- August 2008 -- www.4th-of-Julyband.org

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2009 -- 29th Season

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2010 -- 30th Season

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2011 -- 31st Season

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2012 -- 32nd Season

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2013 -- 33rd Season

Redlands 125th Anniv. Celebration at the Redlands Bowl

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The Jingling Johnny -- 4th Upgrade

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2014 -- 34th Season

Bethany Church Thank You Concert -- November 16 -- Notes: For "A Hunt in the Black Forest" the cuckoo, bird whistle, rooster crow, whip, pistol shots, and anvil were executed by Michael Shea, the hoofs by Sharon Cole, and the barking of the hounds by Sharon's dog Abby. Sarah Griffin designed the Concert Program.

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2015 -- 35th Season

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2016 -- 36th Season

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Redlands Daily Facts, February 18, 2016 -- "The Bandstand at Sylvan Park could be named in honor of the late Curtiss Allen, Sr.. On Tuesday, the City Council planned to review a proposal at the request of Mayor Paul Foster to remember the longtime musician and philanthropist at the site, home to several performances held under Allen's leadership Foster said. On Thursday the council tabled the discussion during its Tuesday meeting to make sure all involved service clubs were aligned in support of the proposal. The Optimist Club of Redlands built the bandstand and donated it to the city during the Redlands' centennial celebration in 1988. The Rotary Club of Redlands plans to raise funds for a plaque to be placed on the site after council approval. Allen was a member of the Rotary Club of Redlands until he joined Redlands Sunrise Rotary, where he served as the piano accompanist. The council plans to review the proposal again during the April 5 meeting, said Foster. The dedication, Foster said, "is the perfect thing to do to recognize such a significant community member, and what he gave to our city. It was great to know the Optimists signed up for it...and I know they recognize having Curtiss' name associate with it is the perfect symbolism that you would want." Frank Imbert, president of the Optimist Club, agreed. "The entire club is honored to allow that building to be named after Curtiss Allen and I look forward to being a part of the dedication ceremony", he said.

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Redlands Daily Facts, June 30, 2016 -- For the Redlands Fourth of July Band, the show will go on. Six months after the death of its founder, Curtiss Allen Sr., his son is now directing the band to continue his father’s legacy, providing the city with a patriotic soundtrack at events year-round, including the annual Fourth of July celebration......... This year’s festivities begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Sylvan Park. “Naturally, I’m a band director and love all things band,” Curtiss Allen Jr. said. “Dad instilled in us a love of music at a young age. I was playing in groups as far back as I can remember … and my involvement with the Fourth of July Band was with him. Throughout the years I admired what he did and endeavored to help him whenever he needed me to.”............ Following his father’s hospitalization, Allen Jr. stepped in for his dad and led the band during last summer’s Fourth of July festivities. He has now taken on the role permanently with a few changes.......... “We’re continuing with all the traditional things that dad used to do,” he said. “We’ll definitely have a full slate of those things and new music I think the audience is really going to relate to. My stamp is going to be on it a little because my tastes are not the same as my dad’s. We’ll probably do less things that are recorded on cylinder records, but more things available on your iPhone. Either way, it will still be a nice mix.”............. To many, Allen Sr. will always be “Mr. Redlands.” To honor his memory, several community members have rallied to dedicate the bandstand at Sylvan Park in his name. Earlier this week, members of the Sunrise Rotary finished installing a memorial plaque at the site. A formal dedication is planned for 11:45 a.m. Monday, according to City Clerk Sam Irwin. The dedication is open to the public. As for Allen Jr., he is looking forward to Monday and what the future holds for the band. “I feel a strong desire to keep it going,” he said. “It’s part of who I am and it’s part of my life. I would just hate to see anything happen to this organization and the great folks who made it happen over the years.”

2017 -- 37th Season

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2018 -- 38th Season

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2019 -- 39th Season

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Hard At Work for the 4th!

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2020 -- 40th Season

2021 -- 41st Season

2022 -- 42nd Season

2023 -- 43rd Season

2024 -- 44th Season

2025 -- 45th Season

2026 -- 46th Season

2027 -- 47th Season

2028 -- 48th Season

2029 -- 49th Season

2030 -- 50th Season

Glory is Fleeting

Thy Will Be Done