Chronological List of Womens Bands and Orchestras
1862 Carter Zouave Troupe -brass band - girls 10 to 14 yrs. Location unknown
1868 Orton Bros. Ladies Silver Cornet Band
1881 Andrews, IN - Ladies Cornet Band
Albany, NY - Ladies Band
1884 Ladies Brass Band - Jno. Robinsons Big Show Combined
1888 Audubon (IA) Ladies Band -120 piece band
1890 Clymer Ladies Band on Welsh Bros. Circus
Phillipsburg (KS) Girls Band
1898 Helen May Butler forms her first band - Providence, RI.
1910 Navassar Ladies Band - Mrs. August Dial, Dir.
1914 Barnum & Bailey Shows - Ladies Parade Band
Barberton (OH) Ladies Band
1917 Cora Corson Ladies Band
1920s Conn Ladies Band - Elkhart, IN
Womens Symphony of Mason City, Iowa
1925 Long Beach (CA) Womens Symphony Orchestra
1930s Orchestrette Classique NY, NY Concerts given in the Aeolian Hall, NYC.
1936 Earl Helds All-Girl Band - Easton, PA
1940s US Marine Corps Womens Reserve Band
Womens Army Air Corps Bands (2) - WAAC Band
Wave Drum & Bugle Corps - US Navy
SPAR Bands (2) - US Coast Guard
1947 Chicago Womens Symphony Concert Band - Lillian Poenisch, Dir.
1951 US Women in the Air Force Band - Capt. Marybelle J. Nissly, Dir.
Boston Fadettes Orchestra ( ) Located in Boston and played at Keith Theaters. Caroline B. Nichols, conductor.
Phil Spitalny All Girl Orchestra in 1930s and 1940s.
Lafayette Ladies Orchestra - all African-American women
The Peerless Trumpeters
Senffs Ladies Military Band ca. 1890s.
Albany, Oregon Ladies Band
Andrews Ladies Cornet Band - ca. 1881 Indiana
Barberton Ladies Band - Ohio organized in 1914
Beaver Springs, Pennsylvania org. July 1918, still in existence in 1935
Boston Ladies Military Band 1890s
Clymer Ladies Band 1890s, featured on Welsh Bros. Circus (CWM)
Earl Helds All Girl Band
The Milwaukee Girls Civic Band 1930s
Myosotis Band ca. 1900, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Ladies Band from Adam, Oklahoma 1901
Penn-Jersey All Girl Band
Mme. Bells Challenge Band from Clesoning, MI (CWM)