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."
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.
1983 -- 3rd Season
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.
1984 -- 4th Season
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."
1985 -- 5th Season
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.
1986 -- 6th Season
Last Pre-4th Concert in the Colonnade
1987 -- 7th Season
First Pre-4th Concert in the New Bandstand
1988 -- 8th Season
Redlands Centennial Year
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
1990 -- 10th Season
1991 -- 11th Season
1992 -- 12th Season
Advent of the "Jingling Johnny"
1993 -- 13th Season
1994 -- 14th Season
1995 -- 15th Season
July 2, 1995 - Redlands Bowl Concert
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
1996 -- 16th Season
1997 -- 17th Season
1998 -- 18th Season
Redlands Daily Facts -
Sunday August 5th, 1998.
1999 -- 19th Season
2000 -- 20th Season
2001 -- 21st Season
I have no pictures for this year.
2002 -- 22nd Season
2003 -- 23rd Season
I have no pictures for this year.
2004 -- 24th Season
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
Redlands Quilt Show
Lincoln Shrine Festivities
Redlands Festival at Kimberly Crest
Perris Train Museum
Plymouth Village Strawberry Festival
Santa Fe Depot Train Days
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
Wildwood Canyon Park - Yucaipa
Bethany Reformed Church Thank You Concerts
Redlands Flower Show
2006 -- 26th Season
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
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
Founding Members (from left) Michael Shea, Ann Shea, Curtiss Allen, Sr., Kristy Elliot, and Stan Korfmacher
2007 -- 27th Season
2008 -- 28th Season
Opened Our Website through "Vistaprint" -- August 2008 -- www.4th-of-Julyband.org
2009 -- 29th Season
2010 -- 30th Season
2011 -- 31st Season
2012 -- 32nd Season
2013 -- 33rd Season
Redlands 125th Anniv. Celebration at the Redlands Bowl
The Jingling Johnny -- 4th Upgrade
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.
2015 -- 35th Season
2016 -- 36th Season
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.
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
2018 -- 38th Season
2019 -- 39th Season
Hard At Work for the 4th!
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