Historical Society to present history of bands

Submitted artA look at the cover of Tyler Morgan’s book on the history of bands in Centerville.

The Appanoose County Historical Society will be holding their annual meeting Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m. at the historic depot on South 18th Street in Centerville.

The public is invited to attend to hear this year’s presentation from keynote speaker Tyler Morgan. Morgan, who is the Lakeview band director, will be giving a presentation on the history of Centerville’s Municipal Band. The band is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2019, having begun in 1869.

Morgan, a native of Centerville, has been a director of the Centerville Municipal Band since 2012. He began co-directing the band with Mark Taylor that year while he was still attending Central College in Pella, where he graduated in 2013. Since Taylor moved away Morgan has been the sole director of the band which is made up completely of volunteer musicians and presents a series of free concerts in the Centerville Square band shell each summer.

Morgan is also an active member of the Appanoose County Historical Society and the Appanoose County Genealogical Society. He recently completed a book on the history of the Centerville Municipal Band and the Centerville school bands, which are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year as well called, “The History of Bands of Centerville, Iowa.”

Copies of Morgan’s book will be available for purchase at the event. Morgan will also be holding a book signing at the Drake Public Library on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Krystal Fowler can be reached at kfowler@dailyiowegian.com or by calling the newsroom at 641-856-6336. Follow her on Twitter @KFowler_Daily.

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