Simmons University Cowboy Band, Abilene 1929 Section 3

Simmons University Cowboy Band, Abilene 1929 Section 3

Simmons University, now Hardin Simmons University, Abilene, Texas Cowboy Band.

Caption reads: The Best Known Band in the World, leaving Texas June First and playing 18 weeks on Broadway, New York. The Famous Cowboy Band, official Band of the Texas Hoover Delegation.

Photo by National Photo Service, San Antonio, Texas, 1929.

The drummer could be either Otha Hillyard, Harry Hayes, Myron Corbin, Estell Patterson

The horn players could be Moody Logan, Hines Sims, Frances Stultz, Cleve Blackyard, Harold Voss

The clarinet players could be (six of ) H. A. Anderson, Ray Sims, Elmo Lowe, Clyde Rowe, Robert Malone, T. A. Smith, Francis Fry, Charles Bailey, Paul Hilsman, Wayland Cox, DeWitt Black, Adrian Crumpler, William Bartlett, Harold Owen

The flute player could be William Corder.


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drummer on the left

I believe the drummer on the left is Cotton Briscoe. He was a relative of our next door neighbor in Abilene and would come and visit in the summers. Cotton had two fingers on one hand that were "sewn" together as he called it, from birth. Back then the doctors could have separated his fingers by cutting the skin and giving him two working fingers but never did. He lived fine as he was. Used to speak to him a lot. He lived to an age when I was in the band and I talked to him about the early days. Nice guy.