The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Photograph by Michael Thomason.
The Excelsior Band of Mobile was founded in 1883 by Creole Fire Company president John A. Pope to celebrate the birth of his
son, John C. Pope. The marching brass band is best known for its Mardi Gras performances but also plays other engagements
such as weddings and jazz funerals.