There were several Yale Bands. The first was the original Yale Band of Illinois. This group of seven young men, under the guise of Friends of Education founded Beloit College, in Beloit, WI, in 1846. At the time, Wisconsin was still a territory. The Yale Band also founded Illinois College, in Jacksonville, IL. Not only did Theron Baldwin conceptualize the Yale Bands, he was a member of the first group. Baldwin was a grandson of John Davenport who established a colony in New Haven, CT, also known as "Davenport's Colony." Baldwin, along with his cohorts, was born and raised in the East. The band consisted of:
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