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Norwood Brass Firemen

Norwood, St. Lawrence County
Community Brass Band

One of our regionís oldest and best known musical organizations, the Volunteer Fire Department Band of Norwood (more familiar to many as the Norwood Brass Firemen) continues its long tradition as a community band. Dating back to the turn of the century, the band flourished until World War II. During that war, Fred Morgan, who had played the tuba in the band like his father before him, was asked by his employer ALCOA to organize a group of its workers from Norwood for a small band to help boost morale on the homefront. Varying over the years from eight to 24 members, the Norwood Brass Firemen have played at everything from local celebrations in the North Country to presidential inaugurations and the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. Maintaining a repertoire of old standards, patriotic and jazz favorites, they often play in Dixieland style.

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