By Nicole Possert
For some unknown special opening in 1936, the Franklin High School Band stood in front of the Highland Theatre and had their picture taken. March forward seventy five years. Last week, the Franklin High band of 2011, as part of the relighting the Historic Signs of Figueroa Street event, stood again in front of the theater and posed for a portrait. It marked the many years of history shared by Highland Park and Franklin High, and the ongoing tradition of bands bringing music front and center in community life.
Franklin High School’s band director, Veronica Gonzales, said the students were eager to participate in a “then and now” photo shoot after seeing the historic black and white photo. The original photo is from the photo collection of local historian Virginia Neely and adorns the cover of the current photographic history book “Images of America: Highland Park” by Charles Fisher and the Highland Park Heritage Trust.
For some reason, today’s band no longer contains an accordion but they do have beautiful uniforms. Highland Park still has its small town appeal.