Do you recognize these teenagers?
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1962 Location: Portland Media: Film transparency
During the second half of the 19th century, "Hermann Kotzschmar" was a familiar household name in Portland. He spent 59 years in his adopted city as a teacher, choral conductor, concert artist, and church organist.
A fire and two men whose lives were entwined for more than 50 years resulted in what is now considered to be "the Jewel of Portland" -- the Austin organ that was given to the city of Portland in 1912.
Before the era of recorded music and radio, nearly every community had a band that played at parades and other civic events. Fire departments had bands, military units had bands, theaters had bands. Band music was everywhere.
That was equal to fifty-two pianos on the island. Family members would not only learn how to play the piano but many people could also play a guitar…