Alex Shand

Alex Shand
Alex Shand

This is another photo that really is out of the scope of this site but nonetheless should be included because it has some significant 60s Medicine Hat music scene coolness. This group is The Modernaires and the photo dates from 1947 . In the front row 3rd from the left is Alex Shand, who played such a dominant role in musical theatre, choirs and dance bands throughout the 50s and 60s. At the far right is Adele Havard, later Adele Armstrong, whose contributions to the Medicine Hat arts community through her choirs will always be remembered. Centre standing with his trumpet is Harold Crane, the man largely responsible for keeping alive big band music in Medicine Hat and who was very involved with community bands as well as dance bands. ( See The Med Hatters).

Alex Shand
Alex Shand

A vintage 1960 photo of Alex Shand at the organ, Stan Weiler on sax and Doug Burgess on drums. ( For more Stan Weiler see Kiwanis Band, Doug Burgess) . During the 50s and 60s when people still went out to dance Alex played all the dance rooms like the Elks, the Glass House (remember that one on Riverside??), the Oddfellows Hall, The Westerner, now the site of Ralph’s Steak House, and the Legion. He played everything from social functions to providing accompaniment to rodeo events and along the way acted as musical director for local musical theatre productions like Pajama Game and Sound Of Music. He was also director of the Shandelles ladies choir which would put on several major concerts a year. What happened to all that type of musical activity??

Doug Burgess
Alex Shand

Another photo of Alex Shand at the organ, Stan Weiler on sax and Doug Burgess on drums.

Alex Shand
Alex Shand

This is an example of the banner that would run across the bottom of a page of the Medicine Hat News to promote local dances. The Corona Ballroom ran them on a weekly basis as well. For this event in 1965, featuring dancing to the Alex Shand Orchestra, the sum of $2.00 would get you admission plus lunch.