CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY
aka Jennings Sixth Regiment Band,
aka Jennings Third Regiment Band
JENNINGS' BAND, also known as Jennings' Sixth Regiment Band and later as Jennings' Third Regiment Band was well known in Camden from the 1880s right on up America's entry into World War I in 1917. It was organized as the National Cornet Band in 1868 and became the Sixth Regiment Band in 1871. In its later years the band was known as Jennings' Third Regiment Band, as the old Sixth New Jersey Regiment had been replaced in Camden by the Third in a reorganization of New Jersey's National Guard Units. The name stuck even after Joseph Jennings retired as bandmaster in 1910.
George Reeser Prowell wrote about the band's early days in his HISTORY OF CAMDEN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY, published in 1886: