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The Navy Band's 1924 United States Tour

Mark Clague

in The Memoirs of Alton Augustus Adams, Sr.

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780520251311
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933811 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520251311.003.0008
The Navy Band's 1924 United States Tour

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This chapter is devoted to the 1924 United States tour of United States Navy Band of the Virgin Islands and suggests its deep personal significance for Adams. The tour represents not just the “apogee of the navy band's success” but also the triumph of the social project. The navy band's tour offered a huge marketing opportunity, placing Adams and his band in the role of cultural ambassadors introducing American mainlanders to the islands and inviting these future visitors to the winter oasis. Adams also sees the tour as a significant event in race relations. The band's tour also helped further understanding within the black community itself—notably between West Indians and African Americans, bringing these groups into conversation and inspiring a shared pride.

Keywords: United States Navy Band; United States tour; race relations; black community; cultural ambassadors

Chapter.  8250 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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