By Jill M. Sullivan
The novelty of those bands—initially hired via the U.S. army to help bond drives—drew sufficient spectators for the bands to be put on travel, elevating cash for the warfare and boosting morale. the ladies, as soon as discharged on the war's finish, refused to vanish into post-war domesticity. as an alternative, the robust bond fostered through younger enthusiasm and the infrequent chance to serve within the army whereas making expert quality song may come to final a few 60 years. in keeping with interviews with over 70 surviving band individuals, Bands of Sisters tells the story of this amazing interval within the heritage of yankee women.
Sullivan covers the background of those ensembles, tracing bills reminiscent of the feminine track academics who would go away their positions to develop into expert musicians—no effortless subject for girl instrumentalists of the pre-war period. Sullivan extra lines how a few band participants may later be one of the first post-war song therapists in keeping with their adventure operating with clinical team of workers in hospitals to regard injured squaddies. The possibilities offered by means of army provider necessarily promoted new views on what girls may perhaps accomplish outdoor of the house, leading to a life of lasting relationships that will encourage destiny generations of musicians.
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