Cavalcade of Bands (TV series)
|Cavalcade of Bands|
|Starring||Fred Robbins (host, January 1950)
Warren Hull (host, January–April 1950)
Ted Steele (host, May 1950-February 1951)
Buddy Rogers (host, February–September 1951)
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original release||January 17, 1950 – September 25, 1951|
Cavalcade of Bands was an early-1950s American television series which aired on the now defunct DuMont Television Network.
Produced by Drug Store Television Productions and DuMont, Cavalcade of Bands featured performances by popular and obscure Big Band orchestras, and aired on Tuesdays at 9pm ET beginning January 17, 1950.
The series was a spin-off of DuMont's popular Cavalcade of Stars. Originally hosted by Fred Robbins, a disc jockey from New York, Robbins would exit quickly. No host would stay long on the program. Subsequent hosts included Warren Hull, Ted Steele, and Buddy Rogers. According to Brooks and Marsh (1984), Cavalcade of Bands was a major television effort, and was designed to lure away NBC's audience after The Milton Berle Show.
The last episode of the series was on September 25, 1951.
As with most DuMont series, few episodes survive, although the first episode is in the collection of the Paley Center for Media.
- Cavalcade of Stars
- List of programs broadcast by the DuMont Television Network
- List of surviving DuMont Television Network broadcasts
- 1950-51 United States network television schedule
- David Weinstein, The Forgotten Network: DuMont and the Birth of American Television (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2004) ISBN 1-59213-245-6
- Alex McNeil, Total Television, Fourth edition (New York: Penguin Books, 1980) ISBN 0-14-024916-8
- Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows, Third edition (New York: Ballantine Books, 1964) ISBN 0-345-31864-1
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