Both of these photos come from the Betty Schnabel estate. I'm guessing they belonged to her father.
There's no information given about when they were taken, just that they were both of the Tony Limardi Band and/or Dance Orchestra.
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Tony Limardi Dance Orchestra, 76 Inf. Div., Camp McCoy, Wisconsin
Tony Limardi Band, U.S.O., Sparta, Wisconsin
There's always been one thing I feel I missed out on being born when I was and that was the opportunity to hear the big bands play. It's the music I grew up with and the bands my mother went to see. Sadly you can't even find it on the radio anymore. For a long time there was a station in San Francisco that played the music, but I think the station eventually became an internet station. Admittedly those who remember the bands are passing away, but I hate to think the same will happen to the music.
This is my submission to this weeks Sepia Saturday "let's put on a show" theme.