Music Legends and Lesser-known Musicians

Music has always The Eight Tones Orchestra in the 1950s was formed by
Raymond K. Smith, musician, educator, and civic leader. He was
aware of the value of music in a person’s life and he promoted the
art with his students. He later served as assistant superintendent
of schools in St. Charles Parish. The Eight Tones was organized as
a rhythm and blues and rock band as students moved into the new
Carver High School. Later the band played for Shell dances, on
college campuses, and for fraternities at Ole Miss, Tulane, and LSU.
been a part of everyday life in St. Charles Parish. From within the home to within the community and beyond, the ability to play a musical instrument or perform with a singing group has received high praise. For some, musical ability reached its peak in a school band. For others, talent was shared with the community at such local venues as the Hahnville Concert Hall in the 1870s.

The St. Charles Borromeo Guitar Band in the 1940s. The Hahnville High School Band in the 1940s. Sherman Washington, a resident of Boutte, and the Zion Harmonizers Contemporary Music Legends, were internationally recognized gospel recording stars. (Source: Music Legends of St. Charles Parish Booklet prepared by St. Charles Historical Foundation.) The First Brass Band of St. Charles Parish in the 1920s. Susie’s Kitchen Band was comprised of family members of the New Orleans Refinery Company Band, circa 1920s. The first black school band in St. Charles Parish, circa 1951. Some musicians reached a higher level of proficiency. (Photo courtesy of Carolyn S. Boyd) In the early 1920s, the Norco Refining Company Band provided entertainment for the refinery.


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Copyright © This text is copyright material by Marilyn Richoux, Joan Becnel and Suzanne Friloux, from St. Charles Parish, Louisiana: A Pictorial History, 2010.