Noteworthy band director finally getting name recognition on Hobart bandshell

2013-07-08T21:30:00Z 2013-07-23T13:35:16Z Noteworthy band director finally getting name recognition on Hobart bandshellDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | The music man credited with developing a nationally ranked band program at Hobart High School is finally getting his noteworthy due after 27 years.

The Park Board on Monday agreed to have the name "Revelli Bandshell" spelled out in gold lettering on the top of the Festival Park bandshell.

The request was made by Virginia Curtis on behalf of the City Improvement Committee.

Although the facility has always been referred to as Revelli Bandshell, there's never been a sign reflecting that, Curtis said.

Cost of the cast aluminum lettering, which will be paid for by the City Improvement Committee, is $2,000. 

The lettering will be placed on the bandshell in the next few days by Gary Sign Co.

"He (William Revelli) is quite a star in the musical world. We built the bandshell 27 years ago and would like to put his name on it," Curtis said.

Revelli was band director at Hobart from 1925-35 and started the band from scratch borrowing instruments for the students from local musicians, Curtis said.

The Hobart High School band, under his leadership, won both state and national championships and was invited to the World's Fair to play.

Revelli eventually left Hobart for a job at the University of Michigan, where he won a number of other awards. He eventually was named to the Band Directors Hall of Fame, Curtis said.

Revelli died in 1994 at age 92.

In other business, the board also approved a request from Nicole Maggio for her group to sponsor a Superhero 5K event at Robinson Lake Park on Aug. 11.

Proceeds from the event will help defray medical expenses for 3-year-old Tripp Halstead.

Board members told Maggio they support the idea for the event, which includes a one-mile fun run, but want to make sure some sort of liability insurance is in place to protect the group and the city.

The board approved the request for the event contingent on the group getting insurance coverage.

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