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SCHEIDECKER, Martin. (Dubuque, IA, Oct. 31, 1857--Dubuque, IA, March 16, 1955). Employed by the BRUNSWICK-BALKE-COLLENDER COMPANY as a wagon and cabinet maker, Scheidecker was a member of the DUBUQUE COMMUNITY BAND since its start and was active in the band until 1953. He began his band activity in 1874 as a member of the Julian Band which became the Dubuque Cornet Band and finally the Dubuque Community Band.
Scheidecker played a double B flat base tuba, a rare instrument, and could be seen carrying his large horn in parades. He was a member of Musicians Local No. 289 of Dubuque and a charter member of the American Federation of Musicians where he was believed to be the oldest member.
"Scheidecker, Band Musician, Dead at 97," Telegraph Herald, March 19, 1955, p. 29