Sarge Boyd Bandshell

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Owen Park Bandshell
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Sarge Boyd Bandshell is located in Wisconsin
Sarge Boyd Bandshell
Sarge Boyd Bandshell is located in the US
Sarge Boyd Bandshell
Location Owen Park
501 First Avenue
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Coordinates 44°48′19″N 91°29′58″W / 44.80528°N 91.49944°W / 44.80528; -91.49944Coordinates: 44°48′19″N 91°29′58″W / 44.80528°N 91.49944°W / 44.80528; -91.49944
Area less than one acre
Built 1938
Architect Alexander Garnock
Architectural style Art Deco
NRHP Reference # 03000896[1]
Added to NRHP September 02, 2003

The Sarge Boyd Bandshell of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States, as home to the city's oldest community musical organization, has played a significant role in the cultural development of the entire Chippewa Valley. The structure was designed by city engineer Alexander Garnock for the purpose of showcasing the Eau Claire Municipal Band. Although its official name is the Donald I. "Sarge" Boyd Bandshell, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003 as the Owen Park Bandshell.

History[edit]

Built in 1938, it was a project of the Works Progress Administration costing $10,000 and taking 111 man months to complete.

In addition to the Municipal Band concerts, the historic bandshell, which has often been described as the "centerpiece" of Owen Park, has been used for weddings, church services, speeches, plays, movies, festivals, fairs, and other types of public gatherings.

In 1992 it was dedicated to master showman Donald I. "Sarge" Boyd whose half century of musical contributions to the city have had a profound impact on virtually everyone who worked under his direction.[2]

The Municipal Band's free weekly concerts at the Sarge Boyd Bandshell in Owen Park have been a major summertime attraction for many years.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Tim Stein (August 6, 1992), "Bandshell to be Dedicated to `Sarge' Boyd," Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Page 24