Downtown Kalamazoo Theatres

Academy of Music (1882-1930)

East side of South Rose Street, across from Academy Street.

Built and run as a legitimate theatre from 8 May 1882 to 4 June 1919, then as a vaudeville and film house (renamed Regent) for several years after 31 August 1919. Theatre destroyed by fire on 11 June 1930.

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Academy of Music, ca. 1880s
History Room Photograph File P-331

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Had both a balcony and a gallery
Illustration ©1995 by J. P. Jenks

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Academy of Music Orchestra (foreground), 1st May 1886. George B. Balcom, director.
History Room Photograph File P-177

Academy of Music Orchestra Leaders

  • 1882 (May - October): William S. Bronson (resigned October 1882)
  • 1882–1883: Stanley B. Morse
  • 1883-1884: Stanley B. Morse
  • 1884-1885: Stanley B. Morse
  • 1885-1886: George B. Balcom, violin, director
  • 1886-1887: George B. Balcom (resigned March 1887)
  • 1887-1888: Max Faltkenhaus (of St. Louis)
  • 1888-1889:
  • 1889-1890: George B. Newell
  • 1890-1891: George B. Newell
  • 1891-1892: Eugene C. McElhany
  • 1892-1893: Eugene C. McElhany
  • 1893-1894: Eugene C. McElhany
  • 1894-1895: Eugene C. McElhany
  • 1895-1896: Eugene C. McElhany
  • 1896-1897: Eugene C. McElhany
  • 1897-1898: Eugene C. McElhany
  • 1898-1899: Eugene C. McElhany
  • 1899-1900: Eugene C. McElhany
  • 1900-1901: Eugene C. McElhany
  • 1901-1902: Eugene C. McElhany
  • 1902-1903: Eugene C. McElhany
  • 1903-1904: Eugene C. McElhany
  • 1904-1905: George B. Newell
  • 1905-1906: George B. Newell
  • 1906-1907: George B. Newell
  • 1907-1908: George B. Newell
  • 1908-1909: George B. Newell
  • 1909-1910: George B. Newell

Academy of Music Orchestra Membership

Acacemy of Music Orchestra 1883

  • Prof. S. B. Morse, piano, director
  • Prof. Martin of Battle Creek, first violin
  • John Lounsbury, second violin
  • Charles A. Skinkle, cornet
  • Chester Z. Bronson, clarionette
  • Frank Holton, trombone
  • John H. Everard, double bass
  • (Kalamazoo Telegraph 21 April 1883)

Academy of Music Orchestra 1891

  • Chester Z. Bronson, clarinet, business manager
  • Eugene C. McElhany, violin, conductor
  • Sam Born, alto horn, treasurer
  • Wallace S. White, alto horn, booking
  • George Pfeiffer, violin, prompter
  • Fred Shoecraft, cornet
  • Fred W. Davis, cornet
  • John Leak, tenor horn
  • Hiram W. “Hi” Ballou, trombone
  • J. F. Warner
  • Fred C. Hayes
  • Frank Newell, bass

Academy of Music Orchestra 1905

  • Charles Wolff, leader
  • Fred Curtis
  • John Vlieken
  • Miss Anna Walton
  • Sam Strong (of South Haven)
  • Chas. Parrent (of Lansing)

Academy of Music Orchestra 1909 

  • George B. Newell, leader
  • Hazel Belle Newell, piano
  • Frank Newell, trombone
  • Reyfsnyder, cornet
  • Earl Putnam, clarinet
  • Patrick McKee, drums
  • Thomas Walton, bass
  • Otto Schultz, flute
  • (Kalamazoo Gazette 26 Aug 1909)

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