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Free Concert at Doelger Cafe, Saturday, December 4

The Daly City All Stars, a group of “reading” musicians, will be celebrating its 100th anniversary with a free concert at the Doelger Café at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, December 4, 2010.  Formed in 1910 in San Francisco’s Richmond District, the band previously known as the California Wind Ensemble and the Friday Night Band, has been called the Daly City All Stars since the mid-1990s when they relocated their rehearsals to Westlake Park.  The band will perform a variety of songs written by Bay Area composers at their December 4 concert.

Prior to moving to Daly City, the band rehearsed in the Local 6 Union Hall in downtown San Francisco.  The original Friday Night Band was convened by Johnny Krager in 1910.  A well-to-do building contractor, Mr. Krager built a rehearsal hall for the group in his home on Sanchez St. in San Francisco.  Later, the Friday Night Band  was managed by Ted Wurm and E.A. 'Doc' Benson, an eye surgeon.  The group was forced to disband during World War II, but was revived and led from 1945-1970 by Albert J. Buchner, rehearsing in his wife's gift shop and sheet music store at Balboa & 5th Avenue, the Richmond Hall at 4th & Clement St., and then a school at 18th St. & Collingwood, from 1960-1979.  In 1979, the Friday Night Band merged with another San Francisco band, playing as the California Wind Ensemble.  The band moved to Daly City in the mid-1990s and was renamed the Daly City All Stars.

The public is invited to the free concert on December 4 to commemorate the band’s 100th anniversary.