The Derheim Brothers

The Derheim Brothers
The Derheim Brothers

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 (See  Art and Emma Heckenliable), who formed the nucleus of the group along with  Dave Derheim, accordion, 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.

The Derheim Brothers
The Derheim Brothers

Another shot of the Derheim Brothers and Art and Emma Heckenliable around 1961?? They played the Corona Ballroom for about 5 years and were very popular.  L to R Dave Derheim (accordion) Emma Heckenliable (guitar and vocals) Art Heckenliable ( steel guitar) Hank Derheim (banjo).Every Wednesday a strip would run along the bottom of the Medicine Hat News announcing “Dance Tonight“ at the Corona Ballroom.

The Derheim Brothers
The Derheim Brothers

A wonderful photo of the Derheim Brothers Orchestra appearing in the Medicine Hat Stampede Parade about 1962???….they were a very popular local attraction.   Left to right…Hank Derheim, Dave Derheim, Emma Heckenliable,  Dave’s wife, Rose, on bass, Art Heckenliable.  This was in the days when most downtown businesses had hay bales on the sidewalk and all the windows had stampede drawings on them.

The Derheim Brothers
The Derheim Brothers

This is the type of banner that would run across the bottom of a page of the Medicine Hat News to promote the weekly dances at the Corona Ballroom. This one is from Feb3/1962.