Cavalcade of Bands (TV series)

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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 channel DuMont
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.

Broadcast history[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2]

Episode status[edit]

As with most DuMont series, few episodes survive, although the first episode is in the collection of the Paley Center for Media.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ McNeil, Alex (1980). Total Television (4th ed.). New York: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-024916-8
  2. ^ Brooks, Tim & Marsh, Earle (1964). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows (3rd ed.). New York: Ballantine. ISBN 0-345-31864-1


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