Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine

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Al Malaikah Shrine Band
(founded in 1905)

President

Ray Rust

Vice-President

Bill Laboie

Secretary/Treasurer

Merl Seastrom, P.P.

Director

Ray Rust

  The band had its birth in 1905 when Noble B. B. Lippman asked Potentate William Lovett for uniforms to outfit the group of twelve musicians.  Lippman was 23 years old at the time and he played alto horn.  The first parade started on a very hot day at 20th Street and Broadway, Los Angeles, and continued to First Street and Broadway.  Noble Lippman died at the age 98 or 99.
  The band has played in all major cities of the United States, Canada and Mexico.  The band now consists of 20 members.  All 20 members participate in the stage band, while only some participate in the Polka, Noble Notes and Potentates' Combo.
  The band performs for the following special events; Imperial visits, Shrine Circus, Masonic Lodges and countless Shrine Clubs and Unit parties requesting music.  At Western Shrine Conventions and Imperial Conventions devoted bandsmen participate at event and event for the full sessions.
  The band's fund raiser is their annual "Orchid Breakfast", where breakfast is served while members of the band provide musical entertainment.  Each Lady present is presented with an Orchid and there are a number of door prizes given as gifts.
  The band has a heritage of long duration and every member is proud to belong to such a fine group of musicians. 

 

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