(Anonymous magazine article- probably c1985)
"...The Benson Band came about through Ivy's burning ambition to prove that a team of girl musicians could compete with male ones. She accepted that physically they may not be able to blow with the same power as men but this could be, and was, offset by their being more musical. The band soon established a following, and did a great job in entertaining the glamour-starved Allied troops in Europe in the latter stages of the Second World War.
There were problems, though. Some male bandleaders were chauvinistic towards Ivy, and Billy Ternent objected to her presence at a bandleaders' meeting. But Joe Loss, who admired her, stuck up for her on that occasion - to no avail, as it transpired, as \ivy herself decided she would have no more to do with it. She was skeptical about some management's who apparently didn't care what the girls sounded like musically, as long as they looked good.
The biggest problem
of all was the institution of marriage. Gracie Cole once said that two
or three ladies bands could have been formed in America from Benson
girls who became GI brides. And on one tour of Germany, Ivy lost virtually
the entire band and had to start from scratch again.
While most girls looked on playing in the band as just a job, Ivy Benson herself was motivated by a driving obsession with music which cost her her own two marriages. She fronted the band on Alto and Clarinet, and was proficient on both. Furthermore, she made it her business to acquire a good technical knowledge of the other instruments in the band to enable her to understand the players problems. I doubt if that could be said about all bandleaders of the dance band era.
She finally disbanded in 1980 and wisely resisted temptations to stage a comeback. Under today's employment discrimination laws, she would would probably be no longer allowed to stipulate that all the musicians in the band must be female ...."