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Bill Tickle Orchestra

from Victoria BC
Broken Up - Confirmed: Nov. 27, 2020 (Archived)
This picture was taken at the Empress Hotel.

Victoria's famous Empress Hotel was the location in 1929 and 1930 of CPR Festivals. William (Billy) Tickle, who was associated with the Victoria local of the AF of M, led the dance bands in the hotel's ballroom, and his trio played during teatime for over 30 years (ca 1927-1960). Quote from

Guest entry:

Billy's band was usually billed as Billy Tickle and his orchestra. He played the Empress Tea Room regularly. He played violin and his band did a lot of accompaniment. He was my first violin teacher.

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Last Lineup

Fraser MacPherson

Past Members

Bill TickleConductor30s-50s
Reg WoodClarinet30s-50s
Tess TickleVocals30s-50s
Harry Day30s-50s
Len AcresDrums30s-50s
Harry Pigot30s-50s
Bob Goodmurphy30s-50s
Harry Holder30s-50s
Harry Hutchinson30s-50s


Status: Broken Up
- Last confirmed Nov. 27, 2020