This week’s view is of the first marching band at O’Fallon Township High School in the old gym at what is now the Smiley Campus. The photo was taken during the 1966-67 school year. Belleville native John Albert (bottom row, far right) was hired by the high school district in the summer of 1966 to be the director of bands and was tasked with organizing the first OTHS marching band. Albert resigned in July 1972 to work for an investment firm in St. Louis. He was succeeded by Edward A. Fulton.
(Contributed by Brian Keller, O’Fallon Historical Society)
For more, stop by the O’Fallon Historical Museum, located at 101 West State Street. The Museum is open Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. and by appointment.