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Territory bandlocked

  • Marc Rice


From the 1920s to 1940s, towns and cities of any substantial size in the Midwest and Southwest were used as a home base by ensembles known as “territory bands.” These dance orchestras defended their turf from visiting bands through pitched musical battles, while also touring in a region that ran deep into Texas, through the Great Plains, and into the Dakotas. Kansas City was the easternmost part of this range....

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