The Serenaders, circa 1936. (Trail Historical Society)

The Serenaders, circa 1936. (Trail Historical Society)

Remembering the Silver City Serenaders of Song

“Wow – talk about making great music,” Terry Jesudason said. “Those were the days.”

COVID-19 has quashed dances with live music in the foreseeable future, so the Times is remembering days gone by with a photo from the Trail Historical Society of the The Serenaders playing a Valentine’s Day Dance in Trail, circa 1936.

Previous: Serenader of Song

The Times did not have details about this image, which is where Terry Jesudason stepped in to help as her father, Sandy DiPasquale, was a long-time member of this well known Trail band.

In the back, standing with the megaphone is singer, Archie Bishop. Seated (L-R) Jack Vellutini, trombone; George Watson, clarinet; middle on drums/trumpet is Sandy DiPasquale; George Tognotti, sax; Curly Salsiccioli, sax; and playing piano, Irma Salsiccioli (later married band mate George Tognotti).

“I even have an accounting journal where my Dad (treasurer) was keeping track of money in and out from the dance jobs they played in 1938,” Jesudason shared. “For instance Canadian Legion Labour Day dance at the KP Hall, income $35; Tank Room Dance at the Italo Canadese Hall, income $30; New Years Eve dance for Gyro Club at Palm Room, $50. Under expenses for their regular Saturday night dances at the KP hall, they were paying the Trail Times possibly for advertising, anywhere from 50 cents to $2.65. Some of those Saturday night dances were broadcasted by CJAT radio,” she said. “I remember them playing dance jobs at the Skylark dance hall in Shavers Bench in the 1960’s too. Jack Vellutini is the only one of the originals that is alive now and living in Trail at Poplar Ridge.”

Jesudason also included a document dated 15 April 1946, signed by five orchestras from Trail and three from Rossland, stating:

“We, the undersigned Orchestras of the City of Trail, Rossland and Vicinity, hereby do agree that: A) When promoting dances, all dances shall terminate not later than 1 a.m. (Intermission included); B) When engaged to play dances, all engagements shall terminate not later than 1 a.m. (Intermission included); The only exceptions to the above clauses A and B are: Christmas Eve (and) New Years Eve. The time when the dance shall terminate on these two nights shall be determined by the Leader of the Orchestra in Question.”

Trail orchestras which signed the agreement were; Kootenay Boys, Rhythm Kings, Scandinavian Swingtette, The Serenaders and Men of Note. The Rossland orchestra signees were the Harmony Swingtette, Rossland Old Timers, and Rossland Ramblers.

“Wow – talk about making great music,” Jesudason said. “Those were the days.”

The Times thanks Terry Jesudason for sharing details about this wonderful part of Trail history.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

City of TrailLocal History

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Pioneer Arena is closing for the season. Photo: John Boivin
Castlegar’s Pioneer Arena and Nelson Civic Centre closing for season

RDCK is closing the ice at two of its arenas due to financial concerns related to COVID-19

West Kootenay communities like Rossland are transitioning to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050. Photo: Mathew Roland/BBJ
Rossland commits to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050

“It’s a really unique plan, and we have to go forward, we have to go to a low carbon future.”

Interior Health update. File photo.
86 new COVID-19 cases, two more deaths in Interior Health

The new deaths are from Heritage Square, a long-term care facility in Vernon

RCMP responded to a report early Friday morning of a suspect firing a gun at a Salmo home. Photo: Black Press
RCMP arrest woman who fired shots at Salmo home

The woman allegedly discharged a firearm early Friday morning

Summit Ski Hill had a delayed start to the season because of warm temperatures. Photo: Summit Ski Hill
Late season start frustrating for Nakusp ski hill

Summit Ski Hill only just opened Jan. 14

Keith the curious kitten is seen on Nov. 4, 2020 at the Chilliwack SPCA. Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 is Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Jan. 17 to 23

Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day, Pie Day and International Sweatpants Day are all coming up this week

(Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
‘Targeted’ shooting in Coquitlam leaves woman in hospital

The woman suffered non-life threatening injuries in what police believe to be a targeted shooting Saturday morning

JaHyung Lee, “Canada’s oldest senior” at 110 years old, received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. He lives at Amenida Seniors Community in Newton. (Submitted photo: Amenida Seniors Community)
A unique-looking deer has been visiting a Nanoose Bay property with its mother. (Frieda Van der Ree photo)
A deer with 3 ears? Unique animal routinely visits B.C. property

Experts say interesting look may be result of an injury rather than an odd birth defect

Standardized foundation skills assessment tests in B.C. schools will be going ahead later than usual, from Feb. 16 to March 12 for students in Grades 4 and 7. (Black Press Media file photo)
B.C. teachers say COVID-affected school year perfect time to end standardized tests

Foundational skills testing of Grade 4 and 7 students planned for February ad March

Sooke’s Jim Bottomley is among a handful of futurists based in Canada. “I want to help people understand the future of humanity.” (Aaron Guillen - Sooke News Mirror)
No crystal ball: B.C. man reveals how he makes his living predicting the future

63-year-old has worked analytical magic for politicians, car brands, and cosmetic companies

Terry David Mulligan. (Submitted photo)
Podcast: Interview with longtime actor/broadcaster and B.C. resident Terry David Mulligan

Podcast: Talk includes TDM’s RCMP career, radio, TV, wine, Janis Joplin and much more

Seasonal influenza vaccine is administered starting each fall in B.C. and around the world. (Langley Advance Times)
After 30,000 tests, influenza virtually nowhere to be found in B.C.

COVID-19 precautions have eliminated seasonal infection

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question during a news conference outside Rideau cottage in Ottawa, Friday, January 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Trudeau says Canada’s COVID vaccine plan on track despite Pfizer cutting back deliveries

Canadian officials say country will still likely receive four million doses by the end of March

Most Read