The Art and Emma Band at the Corona Ballroom. Art and Emma worked with the Derheim Brothers for several years and when the brothers left the city they continued on at the Corona with this configuration. Let to right..Martin Berger, Emma Heckenliable, Art Heckenliable, Joe Boshee, Joey Reeder.
The Art and Emma Band played the Corona Ballroom on Wednesday and Saturday nights after the Derheim Brothers retired in 1964?? .Art and Emma Heckenliable were the heart of the Derheim Brothers Orchestra so it was natural that they would continue to play the ballroom. They are pictured in this photo with Joey Reeder on bass , Leroy Hammel on guitar and the always present Joe Boschee on fiddle. ( See Joe Boschee, Ray and Wayne Spackman , Harry Heckenliable) )
This is an advertising banner that would appear across the bottom of a page of the Medicine Hat News on a weekly basis to promote the Wednesday and Saturday night dances. This one is from Feb 6/1965.
Another shot of the Art and Emma Band at the Corona Ballroom about 1964 where they were the house band for weekly dances after the Derheim Brothers left the city. Left to right…Martin Berger, Emma Heckenliable, Art Heckenliable, Joe Boschee, Joey Reeder.
A great posed photo of Art Heckenliable circa 1965?? Art ran Art’s Band at the Corona Ballroom in 1965 up to his passing in 1966 after having worked with the Derheim Brothers for a number of years.The residency at the Corona began about 1960 with the Derheim Brothers then the Art and Emma Band leading to Art’s Band. That’s a very long to time to perform at the same venue.
The Derheim Brothers played old time country music every Wednesday and Saturday in the Corona Ballroom for several years around 1960 to 1964 and they had a great following that loved to dance to their music. Pictured here are Art and Emma Heckenliable, who formed the nucleus of the group along with Dave Derheim, accordian, and Hank Derheim, banjo. Even after the Derheims left the city the Heckenliables continued the residency for several more years. The fact that they played year round, twice a week in the same room says something for how popular they were at the time.
This is a very old photo of Art and Emma in about 1950….very cool.
Martin Berger, guitarist and bass player, is shown in many of the photos of Art and Emma Heckenliable and he also played with the Derheim Brothers as well as other country bands of the 1960s.