Women's History :: The Fadettes

The Boston Fadette Lady Orchestra, (or The Fadettes of Boston) were a popular all-women orchestra formed in Boston. Founded in 1888 by Caroline B. Nichols, The Fadettes also performed as accompaniment during silent films and as a vaudeville orchesta. They thrived from 1888 until the end of WWI. Audiences during The Fadettes' early years were amazed at the female orchestra, as it had previously been thought that women did not have the lung power to sustain playing wind and brass instruments.