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History of Freeland, Pa.
Carl B. Hoch & His Concert Orchestra

Carl Hoch & His Concert Orchestra
Caption for this photo when it appeared in the Standard-Speaker on October 10, 1934: The personnel of Hoch's Orchestra is as follows: Kenneth Farrar, drums; George Farrar, trombone; Russell Gower, French horn; John Lapp, bass viol; Carl Hoch, trumpet; John Farrar, trumpet; Dr. Reynold Hoch, violin; Emmett Baker, clarinet; Ceza Verusky, cello; Herbert Rudolph, pianist.

Carl Hoch & His Concert Orchestra Carl Hoch & His Concert Orchestra Carl Hoch & His Concert Orchestra

The orchestra was shown in the Standard-Speaker on October 10, 1934 with the headline:
"Will Play On Founder's Day Program"
The program was held in the Y.M.C.A. gymnasium, and in addition to several speakers the following was noted about the music for that evening:
"... Hoch's Orchestra, that well kown group of talented musicians of the North Side, will be on hand to welcome you and play several selections in their own inimitable way. Any one who has heard these men play appreciates the type of music they offer and will want to come out to hear them Thursday. The Bonomo Sisters need no introduction to the music lovers of Freeland and vicinity. These young ladies were on the proram at the dedication of the new Y.M.C.A. building and by request they will sing again. Bobbie Baskin, baritone, has sung his way into many hearts with his masterful interpretations and iwll sing several numbers on the program Thursday night. ..."

Another article about them appeared in the Plain Speaker on September 18, 1940 with the headline:
"Hoch Orchestra For Banquet - Freeland Organization Becomes Official Bible Class Federation Group"
[excerpted] Plans for the annual banquet of the Luzerne-Carbon Federation of Men's Bible Classes at Emmanuel's Reformed Church included an appearance by the Hoch Orchestra, which it was reported would now become the official orchestra of the federation. The orchestra, under direction of Carl B. Hoch, has performed in St. Luke's Lutheran, St. John's Reformed and other Bible class groups in Freeland. There are a number of Hazleton musicians among its personnel. "The Hoch orchestra specializes in the classics, standards and semi-classics and its program Friday night is expected to add much to the success of the group of featured entertainments scheduled for the banquet guests."

Photo thanks to Carol Jones, with newspaper research by Ed Merrick.

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