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Musicians of the ERB

Photographs by Jeannette Griffith

August 1935


In parks, on roofs and in cool public buildings throughout Greater New York, new orchestras and bands are entertaining thousands during the warm weather. This busy tuning up was set going in May 1933 by the concert unit of the Works Division of the Emergency Relief Bureau, to give occupation to unemployed musicians.

In the month of May 1935 the musicians gave 397 concerts (200 of which were broadcast), with a total attendance of 149,540. The concert unit utilizes the special training of 545 men and women, white and Negro, as musicians, copyists, arrangers, librarians. There are now five symphony orchestras, a symphony band, two concert bands, seven chamber units, a mixed chorus and three dance orchestras. Museums, gymnasiums and churches have thrown open their doors hospitably for rehearsals.



Flute
Harp
Clarinet



Violin

Conductor
Concert

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