...excerpt from ACB October 2007 by Patricia Wheeler
The Golden Gate Park Band was founded in September of 1882, the same year that outlaw Jesse
James was killed. San Francisco wanted to be like other major American and European cities and have their own community band so, The Golden Gate Park Band started with 12 musicians,
conducted by Yusave Fuchs.
This group grew quickly with the addition of the members of the 2nd Artillery Regimental
Band which was originally a support unit for the San Francisco "F" Company, a part of the California National Guard. Today, all 30 members belong to the Musician's Union
The first bandstand, built in 1883, was a small, wooden structure on an elevated area in
front of a larger opening where people could come with their horses and carriages to hear the Band. There was also a walkway lined with benches for pedestrians. The concerts were quite
popular with San Franciscans, and the series was expanded in 1883 when I.C. Coggins was appointed manager. The Band was enlarged to 25 members, and regular contributions were pledged by
the Park Commission, local businesses, and the Market Street Cable Railway Company which encouraged citizens to come to Golden Gate Park and hear the Band.
Writen by Patricia Wheeler