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Call number CWI 14004
Title Helen May Butler
Collection Poster
Date 1905
Object Name Lithograph
Creator Donaldson Litho Co.
Scope & Content ½ Sheet Up

Title: Helen May Butler

Helen May Butler was the first known director of an organized lady band. Butler was an extensively trained musician and by the time she was 19 had organized an all woman orchestra. In her first year as director her band took the medal in an orchestra contest for amateurs. Immediate demand for public appearances of this group quickly ended her amateur status.

The novelty of an all-woman band, coupled with its musical excellence, took Helen May Butler and her organization to the best band concert spots all over America. Her talents won acclaim from circus performers. During an engagement at a state fair she played for the superb riding act of the Great Madam Marantette, receiving meritorious commendation from this great equestrienne for the musical capability of her band. By 1913 Butler and her band was a feature with the Barnum and Bailey Circus.