The history of Shrine Oriental Bands goes way back to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair where a Turk with a musette and another with a tom-tom making lots of loud noises could be found in front of every Turkish show on the midway. The Nobles of Chicago Medinah Shrine thought that if one horn and one tom-tom could entertain the masses certainly many would spread lots on thrills and music. After much searching Medinah found a source for the horns and in 1896 the first Oriental Band was formed.
The was no music in those days written for such a different musical taste and Shrine Masons wrote the earliest music, much of which is still being used today. Oriental Bands can be found in various competitions, in parades, as ceremonial guards for the degrees and playing for the entertainment of other organizations.
Because of its’ nature the band is made up of all kinds of Nobles with an interest in our form of entertaining. Some have deep musical backgrounds and others simply enjoy the fellowship and competition. Strange costumes and even stranger sounding music, the most fun you can have not wearing the makeup of a clown bring smiles to many.
If you are interested in joining the Aadzuhman Oriental band, contact us here.
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Contacts for the AAD Shrine Oriental Band
Jeff Harmon – President
Jeff Van Horn – Treasurer/Secretary