Brooklyn NY 1940s & 50s
|| The Dodger Sym-phony Band
Old Dodger fans (Brooklyn Dodgers that is) recall a stadium with the
character of the neighborhood, packed every day with the most enthusiastic
and loyal fans a team could have. One of the standard sights and sounds in
those games was the Dodger Sym-phony Band.
According to Lou Dallojacono, one of the band's members, the band appeared
at Ebbets fields every day from 1939 until the Dodgers left in '57.
"The first year they wouldn't let us in with our instruments, but we found
ways of getting around it," said Lou. "The first guy would pay and go in.
He'd then throw down some twine and hoist the instruments one at a time up
into the stands.
"When Branch Rickey took over, he saw how popular we were and began to let
us in for free. He gave us our own row in section 8 (affectionately known
as the "loco section"). There about 10 of us in the band and we'd rotate
depending on the time of the game and who worked nights or days. We had a
bass drum, cymbals, trumpet, sax, sometimes a trombone. The crowd loved us.
"We'd do what we could to rattle up the other team and have some fun. We'd
play our little ditties, start-up chants or make some funny sounds with
those instruments. We had a whole repertoire of songs too. We'd start with Take me out to the ball game. When our pitcher was taken out we'd
play Who's Sorry Now or Somebody Else is Taking My Place.
When one of our guys got a base on balls, we'd break into Would you like
to take a walk.
"We had a whole bunch of songs and routines, but I think we're best known
for the song we always played for the umps, Three Blind Mice."