LEBANON -- The Lebanon Band has performed every year since 1890. With roots in two Lebanon church bands, it is arguably the oldest continuous community band in the state of Wisconsin, and beyond.
Chuck Werth, Lebanon's town historian and curator of its two museums, has made preservation of the band's 129-year history a priority for the Lebanon Historical Society.
At 4 p.m. Sunday, he will offer a presentation featuring videos, photos and oral histories at the Lebanon Fire Station meeting room, N1738 County Highway R. Participants are asked to enter on the north side of the building. The meeting includes a potluck supper beginning at about 5:30 p.m.
Werth, along with assistant curator Erika Fortlage, has begun an extensive oral history project with band members -- some of whom have been performing with the band for more than 60 years.
Those attending Sunday's presentation will be treated to video clips of interviews with members of the Lebanon Band along with an illustrated presentation on the collection of instruments and uniforms from the Lebanon Band that are housed in the Old Town Hall Museum.
Sunday is also the annual meeting for the Lebanon Historical Society. There will be a brief business meeting including the election of officers and board members after the presentation. The potluck supper will follow.
A unique part of the band's history is the number of current members who come from the fourth and fifth generations of the band's founding members. Those families figure prominently in the video presentations.
The presentation and meeting are open to the public.