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The Philippine Constabulary Band

(See above link for page on Capt. Pedro B. Navarro)
lpe00258-filipino scouts band posed

The Philippine Constabulary Band at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair

See my article and book chapter on the music and colonialism at the 1904 Fair. I am currently writing a book about the PC Band during the American colonial era focusing on an analysis of race, music, and the U.S. colonial project.

“Marching to ‘Progress’: Music, Race, and Imperialism at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair,” chapter in Mixed Blessing: The Impact of the American Colonial Experience on Politics and Society in the Philippines edited by Hazel M. McFerson. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2013. (Amazon)

Music, Race, and Imperialism: The Philippine Constabulary Band at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair.” Philippine Studies Quarterly 52(4): 499-526, 2004.

Working Abstract of proposed book:

The title of my work is Marching to “Progress”: Music and Racialization of the Philippine Constabulary Band and African American Conductor, Lt. Walter H. Loving. Over the course of five chapters, I analyze American audience’s reactions to the Philippine Constabulary Band (PC Band) and their African American conductor Lt. Walter H. Loving during three world’s fairs and concert tours of the United States between 1904-1915. As a Philippine colonial military organization directed by a Black officer during a period of intense racialization of both Filipinos and Blacks, their interaction with audiences offers a unique opportunity to examine both the limits and porosity of America’s racial ideology after the seizing of the Philippines in 1898 and before important shifts in African American life after WWI. Racial discussions about the PC Band, I argue, reflect contradictory approaches to both Filipinos and Blacks during this time period, respectively ambivalent inclusion and violent exclusion.

La Sampaguita
Edison Cylinder recording 1910 from the Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project at UCSB


1 Comment

  1. Dalya Perez says:

    Dear professor Talusan, I am a graduate student doing my thesis on history of Filipino student activism at the University of Washington in the late 60’s. I’m making some claims about education being a tool of both colonization and decolonization. My father is also a Filipino immigrant and told us that we had an ancestor, a paternal great grandfather who was at the Louisiana Purchase world fair in the marching band. His name was Geronimo Perez. I am having a hard time accessing archives to find the names of people in the photographs of the constabulary band. I wonder if you have come across the list of names. apparently he was also a conductor.

    Best,
    Dalya Perez

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