Musical Legends

The Eight Tones Orchestra
The Eight Tones Orchestra in the 1950s was formed by Raymond K. Smith, musician, educator, and civic leader. He was aware of the value of music in a person’s life and he promoted the art with his students. He later served as assistant superintendent of schools in St. Charles Parish. The Eight Tones was organized as a rhythm and blues and rock band as students moved into the new Carver High School. Later the band played for Shell dances, on college campuses, and for fraternities at Ole Miss, Tulane and LSU.

Music Legends and Lesser-Known Musicians

Music has always been a part of everyday life in St. Charles Parish. From within the home to within the community and beyond, the ability to play a musical instrument or perform with a singing group has received high praise.

For some, musical ability reached its peak in a school band.

For others, talent was shared with the community at such local venues as the Hahnville Concert Hall in the 1870s.

 


 

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Music Legends of St. Charles Parish Pamphlet
Music Legends of St. Charles Parish Pamphlet

This text is copyright © material by Marilyn Richoux, Joan Becnel and Suzanne Friloux, from St. Charles Parish, Louisiana: A Pictorial History, 2010.

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