The 1914 Horn
In 1914, Mr. Feese, leader of the popular Hershey Band, comes to the campus of the Hershey Industrial School to GIVE music lessons to the students. He brings instruments for them to use and introduces the students to playing their instruments in a group. When Mr. Hershey sees that there is continued interest, instruments are purchased for the school.
The MHS archival collection contains a horn from that time. According to the horn’s serial number, the New “King” Upright Eb Alto horn was from the 1911 catalog and made in 1915. In this photo of the first school band from the 1923-24 school year, it is pictured with the student in the third row on the right end.
From the Vault Blog Series
The Milton Hershey School archives are full of fascinating pieces of school history—from memorials that honor the people who shaped MHS to musical instruments from 1915 that helped bring the school’s Visual and Performing Arts program to life. Follow along with our historical “From the Vault” series to view interesting artifacts and gifts that make up Milton Hershey School history.