Novacek Rudolph b 1860 d 1929 He was born in Yugoslavia and joined the 11th Infantry regiment in 1879 playing in the military string orchestra under the baton of Karel Komzack. He joined the Infantry band number 74 in Pilsen in 1880. He succeeded Komzack as leader of the 74th Regiment band in 1885. During his tenure as bandmaster he wrote numerous compositions including the Castaldo March which became the regiments official march. His military career ended in 1890 and continued to write music for military band throughout his life.
Olsen Ole b 1850 d 1927. He attended the Leipzig Academy Music in Germany and on his return to his native Norway he became the conductor of a local community band in Oslo. In 1884 he was appointed the director of the 2nd Brigade band. In 1899 he became the superintendent of all Army bands in Norway. He traveled extensively around Norway researching folk music and interviewing army buglers . He then developed several marches and calls from his resources. He retired from the Norwegian army in 1919. His works are rarely played today but he did provide some great material for Norwegian heritage including the Honor March and Fanfare. he also composed three operas and music for orchestra and male choir
O'Neill Charles b1882 d1964. He was born in Scotland and studied organ and cornet in England emigrating to Boston in 1901. In 1903 he joined the newly formed Royal Canadian Horse Artillery band in Kingston Ont. In 1907 he was selected to attend Kneller Hall and on his graduation he replaced George Vezina as director of the Royal Canadian garrison Artillery band in Quebec City. He added to his laurels by graduating from McGill University in 1914 with a Doctor of Music in 1924. He was promoted to Captain in 1919 and in 1924 was appointed as Director of Music of the newly formed Royal 22nd Regiment band. Under his leadership the band became a world class organization performing throughout Canada and the USA. The band appeared on numerous occasions on the cross Canada network of the Canadian Broadcasting system. He was guest conductor for several band and orchestra concerts in the USA and in Canada. He retired from the Army in 1937 and he taught at the University of Wisconsin and at the State Teachers College in Potsdam New York. He wrote several compositions for band including the Souvenir de Québec. He wrote several marches for band including the RCMP march past and the march the Emblem. His march Mon Ami remains one of the most popular marches ever written in Canada.
Ord-Hume, James b 1864 d 1932. He was the second son of a British Army bandmaster He and his brothers all became military musicians. He joined the North Staffordshire Regiment in 1875 at age 12 and his first task was to guard the band room., He began to hone his composing skills while occupied in this job. He soon developed into a first class cornet player and eventually received an invitation to join the Royal Scots Grays Regiment band when he was sixteen. In 1889 he left the army to pursue a career in composition and also became the military band editor of the Boosey and Hawkes journals in 1913. He was the co-author with Alfred Zeally of the book Famous Bands of the British Empire. He wrote over 200 marches for military band including The BB and CF (British bandsman and Contest Field) the march Brilliant is a excellent example of good march writing. He arranged a dazzling array of regimental marches some of which are still in use today including the march Soldiers of the Queen.
Østby Klaus b 1865 d 1945 Born in Norway he joined a military band at an early age. He studied clarinet but as was the custom in European bands he also had to master the bugle to play military calls and the parade drum. He spent a great deal of time studying several band instruments and also became a piano student. He was transferred to the military band in Oslo in about 1890 and not long afterward became interested in the work of Salvation army bands eventually becoming a leader. In 1904 he was selected to help organize Salvation army bands in Scandinavia. During the war he continued his work in Sweden. He wrote several military marches as well as marches for the Salvation army his best known work is the Kabelvåg March a march commemorating rough seas.
Pando Giuseppe(Joe) b 1931 He was born in Italy and studied both accordion and clarinet. He came to Canada in 1952 and enlisted in the Canadian Army and was posted to the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps band in Montreal. later he transferred to the Royal Canadian Artillery band also in Montreal. He was selected for bandmaster training at the Canadian Forces School of Music in 1974 and on graduation was promoted to the rank of Master warrant Officer and posted to the Stadacona band in Halifax. He wrote several marches for the Canadian Forces and several arrangements for military band including music from the movie the God Father. His most well known marches include the Confederation march and the Quebec march
Parès Gabriel b 1860 d 1934. His father was the solo clarinet of the Garde-Républicaine band in Paris. It was under his influence that the younger Pares began the study of cornet at age 7. He was a an outstanding student and gained first prize in both cornet and harmony at the Paris Conservatory. He enlisted in the Artillery Regiment band at Vincenses in 1880. He later won a competition for an assistant bandmaster position in the Army, serving in that capacity with the 74th Regiment band in Rouen for two years. In 1882 he became the bandmaster of the 69th Regiment band in Toulon. In 1883 he became the director of the Navy band in Toulon . Within ten years he had assumed the leadership of the world famous Garde-Républican band in Paris. Under his direction the band toured both Europe and North America appearing at the St Louis World's Fair in 1904. Perès retired from the band in 1911 but later in 1917 was asked to return and conducted the band in a tour of 100 American cities. He composed and arranged over 150 numbers for military band and received an enormous number of honors and citations. His most well known march Le Grognard-The Veteran is a turn of the century march which salutes the French Armed Forces. Pares was a personal friend of John Philip Sousa and met with him on several occasions.
Parlow Albert b 1824 d 1888 A German composer and bandmaster he became director of the first German marine band in 1852. He traveled extensively with this band . For many years he played at the Baden-Baden health resort . He traveled with the marine band on several occasions to Paris and at a band tournament in Lyons he won first prize. When playing Paris he is said to have serenaded Napoleon. He was awarded an Iron Cross in 1872. Many of his compositions become very popular including the well known Anvil Polka. He was bandmaster of the 34th regiment band for over 35 years. He wrote numerous polkas and gallops and the most well known of his marches was the Napoleon march.
Pauspertl Karl b 1897 d 1963 Born in Serbia he studied music in Vienna. From 1916 to 1918 he led the band of the Austrian Infantry number 57 and eventually became the director of the world renown Vienna Hoch and Deutschmeister Regiment band. In addition to several original compositions he arranged numerous works of Austrian masters for band. Some of his works include the Hella overture and the Jubilamus overture.
Pecsi (Prichystal) Joseph b 1874 d 1958 He began music studies as a youth on organ and trombone. He became fascinated with band music and joined the 2nd Regiment band in Vienna in 1892. He then joined the Hungarian 61st Regiment band in 1895 which was stationed in Vienna When this regiment moved in order to remain in Vienna he joined the 3rd Tyrolean Imperial Rifles in 1899.In 1901 he joined the Infantry Regiment Carl I, King of Rumania until to collapse of the empire. In 1905 he moved to Hungary with the Regiment and in the same year was promoted to regimental drum major. This was a position of considerable responsibility and he was also appointed as assistant bandmaster. In 1907 he was selected by the officers of the regiment as bandmaster. At this time Budapest was the home garrison for seven regimental bands and the competition demanded that the bands perform at a very high standard. He also became a adjudicator on a board which selected marches for the German Militia. He served throughout World war I and eventually became a Hungarian citizen taking the name Pecsi. He led his band in numerous concerts and following the war he formed a cavalry band in the communist regime of Hungary of 1919. His other post war duties included a stint as bandmaster of the 5th Regiment at Sopron and he retained this position until 1928 retiring as a major from the military. He wrote and arranged an enormous amount of music for military band including a symphonic poem The Danube Legend and numerous marches with Pro Patria being the most well known.
Pennacchio Giovanni b 1878 d 1979 He was born in Naples and began a very early musical career. By 19 he became the director of the 77th Infantry Regiment as a second Lieutenant. In 1908 he helped to compile new regulations for military bands in Italy. He transcribed a great number of works for military band. He also wrote several orchestral compositions. Much of his music has disappeared his March Militaiire - Marte marcia militaire is only known work still available from a publisher.
Piefke Gottfreid b 1815 d 1884 He was considered one of the most outstanding figures in the world of military music. He was born in Poland and began his career in the8th Life Grenadiers Regiment band at Frankfort at age 20 in 1835 and made excellent progress. In 1838 he was sent to Berlin to study at the Royal Academy of Music where he remained until 1843. After returning to his regiment he continued his studies and became very proficient on all the instruments of the military band. In 1844 he was awarded the Royal Director of Music Degree and named bandmaster of the 8th Life Grenadiers a position he held until 1884. In 1852 his band was moved to Berlin joining six other military bands and four trumpet corps. Piefke's record of achievement with his forty-piece band was well known in Berlin during this period. He undertook several reforms which had been introduced by Wilhelm Wieprecht. He was considered the perfect bandmaster and he composed numerous works for military band In 1865 he was appointed the Supervisor of Music for all bands of the 3rd Army Corps. He received numerous commendations including one from Chancellor Otto Von Bismarck in 1869.He never retired from the service and died while a member of the army in 1884.His energetic marches were part of his enormous contribution to military music and the most well know and revered were Der Königrätzer and Preussens Gloria (The Glory of Prussia) with the latter being one of the finest dramatic marches ever written for band.
Pope Douglas Alexander b 1904. He was born on the Isle of Wight and attended St Alban's School and Kneller hall as a pupil. From 1928 to 1930 he was a member of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment and following his graduation from the bandmasters course at Kneller Hall he was the leader of the 1st battalion the Black Watch Regiment band. He was the Director of Music of the Royal Military Academy band at Sand Hurst from 1939 to 1943and the Royal Army Service Corps band from 1943 to 1944.. In 1944 he became the leader of the world renown Cold stream Guards band. The band toured America in 1960 and played to capacity audiences. He retired from the Army in 1963 with the rank of Colonel. Following his retirement he was the retired officer musical director of the Junior Musicians wing at the Guards depot and the Professor of Instrumentation at Kneller hall. His work in the field of recordings of the Coldstream Guards was extensive. The recording titled Overtures On Parade was his crowning achievement and it is still one of the finest recordings ever made of a military band playing great overtures. In addition he was a excellent arranger and transcribed several overtures for band. His most well known composition is the fantasy Nightfall in Camp which is performed for tattoos, searchlight festivals and music festivals around the world.
Prévost Arthur b 1888 d 1967. Considered to be one of the finest band arrangers of this century. He was born in Tournai and began studies on clarinet entering the service of the 1st Regiment of Grenadiers in 1906. He also played with the Mint Theatre orchestra. In 1910 he was appointed bandmaster of the 11th Infantry Brigade band and artistic director of the Royal band at Patâturges. In 1913 he directed the band of the 2nd Carabiniers, and during the world war he played bass clarinet in an orchestra formed behind the Belgium front lines. In 1918 he assumed leadership of the well respected and world renown Band of the Belgian Guides. Following the war the band took several triumphal tours including a trip to North America where the band played in twenty cities and was feted by the President of the United States Herbert Hoover in 1929. In 1932 he became the artistic director of the Belgian Sound Studio. During the war the band remained together although they were a civilian group for the duration. He retired from military service in 1945. His transcriptions remain the bulwark of European libraries. He was asked by several composers to arrange their works for band. He also wrote several original works for band His 6/87 march Marche de la Gendarmeries Nationale Belge remains his most enduring and dazzling marches.
Pryor, Arthur. b 1870 d 1942. He was once one of America's most important musical figures. He was renowned as the world's greatest Trombonist, a celebrated conductor and the composer of some of the most popular tunes of the early 1900's. Pryor was a pioneering phonograph recording artist, an educator and a founding father of several major musical organizations. Indeed, during the height of his career (and many years after), Arthur Pryor's reputation and influence in the music business rivaled that of John Philip Sousa. Learn more at Paragon's website.
Radeck Ferdinand b 1828 d 1903. He was born in Spandau and very early in life sought a position in Prussian army bands. He was extremely diligent in both the musical applications and in administration and in 1854 was appointed bandmaster of the 6th Grenadier Regiment band in Posen (now Poland) For much of his military career he was bandmaster and administrator in the garrison of Goblets. He wrote several quality marches and his most well known march is Fridericus Rex Grenadiermarsch which is no 136 in book II of German Regimental marches.
Resta Francis Eugene b 1894 d 1968 Born in Italy he proved to be one of Americas finest military musicians. He began his career in Gloria del Colle on clarinet and piano and he made very swift advancement. He came to the US in 1911 and performed in orchestras, musical halls and in hotels. He entered the military during World War I presenting duo concerts on piano with Percy Grainger.. He remained in the army following the war and attended the bandmasters school at Governor's Island New York and also studied at the Julliard School of Music. He graduated from both schools in 1920 and he then began a fourteen year sojourn in various posts of bandmaster in the US, Panama and Hawaii. In 1934 he was chosen from 485 applicants as the Leader of the US Military Academy band at West Point. He led this band in recordings, concerts and the band also appeared in several movies of West Point. He remained with the West Point band as principal director for 24 years and retired with the rank of Colonel. Resta composed several songs and marches and his Graduation March is still used for commencement exercises at West Point
Rhodes Samuel b 1900 d 1977 He completed forty-four years of military service in the British Army. Both feared and respected he was a giant among the cadre of the military musicians in Britain. He was both in Rochdale in 1900 and learned to play cornet in the brass bands of his community. He began his military career by joining the 2nd Seaforth Highlanders as a boy musician at age 15. Following seven years service he was selected for bandmaster training at Kneller Hall in 1923 performing on both cornet and String bass. He graduated in 1926 and was chosen bandmaster of the 1st Royal Scots. In 1935 he was selected to be bandmaster of the Royal Artillery Mounted band at Aldershot and remained in this post until 1938. In 1938 he was promoted to Lieutenant and appointed Director of Music of the Scots Guards band which remains one of the pre-eminent bands in the world today. In 1955 the band under Rhodes made a triumphal tour of the US and Canada visiting fifty cities in sixty-five days. He retired with the rank of Lt Colonel in 1959. His career spanned five decades. His best known compositions and marches include the slow march Golden Spurs and the march Lothian.
Ridewood Reginal Clifford b 1907 d 1942 A very gifted composer and conductor who no doubt left a lasting legacy on British military music. He was born in York, England and at fourteen enlisted as a band boy in the 2nd Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment. He gained entrance as a pupil to Kneller Hall in 1931 and returned to his unit in 1932 in Gibraltar. In1934 he was selected to undergo bandmaster training at the Royal Military School of Music. He undertook three roles when he began his bandmaster studies. He was the school music librarian , student and also played in the student band.,. He traveled to Canada in 1934 and appeared with the Kneller hall band at the prestigious Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto. He graduated in 1936 and was appointed bandmaster of the 4th Own Queen's Hussars. He was commissioned in 1938 and became director of Music of the Royal Armored Corps. In 1942 he toured extensively both rehearsing, writing and conducting numerous shows for the troops. His schedule was extremely exhausting and because of a series of mishaps including the death of his daughter he was given a medical discharge from the service. He passed away in July of 1942 . Ridewood was a very talented musician who failed to profit from his many arrangements and compositions. . He was credited however with at least two great marches the qUEENS oWN AND cONVOY
Rogin John McKenzie b 1855-d 1931He was the first bandmaster in the Brigade of Guards to be granted a substantive commission with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant and after passing through all the various ranks retired as a Lieutenant-Colonel, the first serving bandmaster or director of music to reach this rank. For 20 years he was the senior director of music of the Brigade of Guards, responsible for the massed bands of the Brigade at the funeral of Queen Victoria, the coronation and funeral of King Edward VII and the coronation of King George V. Under his direction, the Band achieved several notable "firsts". In 1896 a Coldstream officer heard Tschaikovsky's 1812 Overture in St Petersburg, and brought back a copy of the score. Mackenzie Rogan played it at concerts throughout the country and brought it to the attention of Henry Wood. The Band was the first British Army band to visit one of the Dominions, touring Canada in 1896, and in 1907 they were the first Guards Band to visit France at the invitation of the French Government. He retired in 1920. He was ne of the forgotten names of the gramophone .He made a huge number of records for the Gramophone Company from the very earliest years, and even conducted accompaniments for recordings by Melba and Clara Butt. After retiring from the Guards, Mackenzie Rogan made a number of recordings for Duophone.
Rosenkranz Anton b 1827 d 1888 One of the most renown Austro-Hungarian bandmasters he received his early training at the Prague Conservatory of music. He began his work as a bandmaster in 1847 with the band of the Prague Citizen's Corps. In 1848 he was selected as the first bandmaster of the 2nd Styrian Volunteer corps band and remained with band until 1849. In 1850 he assumed command of the 39th Infantry Regiment "Dom Miguel". He was frequently located in Vienna during his tenure with band and had ample opportunity to participate in the cultural life of that city. He had several highly successful commitments with his band including outstanding performances during the Emperor's Tour of 1857. In 1859 he transferred to the 80th Regiment band. He remained with his unit until his death in 1888. During his career he wrote several well known military marches and numerous band arrangements. His marches the highly popular 76er Regiment and the 80th Regiment march were stirring examples of his march writing mastery.
Rozo Jose Contreras b 1894 d 1959 He was a Columbian bandmaster and composer. During his military career he learned to play flute, clarinet and saxophone. He taught music for several years and then in 1924 was sent to Rome where he became qualified as a military bandmaster. On his return to Columbia he was appointed bandmaster of his old regiment and eventually became the director of the national band of Bogatá which he helped to reorganize in 1934. He was also the Inspector General of Military bands in Columbia. He undertook several tours through Latin America with his band and he retired in in 1946. One of his orchestral numbers was broadcast by the BBC Orchestra under Adrian Bolt in 1942. He wrote several regimental marches including a well known Infantry march.
Rydberg Sam b 1885 d 1956 He was known as Sweden's MARCH KING because of his electrifying marches. He enlisted as drummer boy in the army in 1898 in the Royal Södermanland Regiment. He also was trained on trumpet and the cello. In 1906 he was transferred to the band of the Royal Engineers in Stockholm. He began further studies at the Royal College of music and in 1926 after attaining very high marks in bandmaster examinations he became qualified as a military music director. He was appointed the director of the Royal Engineers from 1932 to 1935 after which time he retired from military service. During his career he wrote for the Swedish broadcasting service. He wrote several orchestral numbers and over seventy marches, of which ten have been adopted for regimental use. His best known work for band was the march On Guard composed in 1945.
Safranek Vincent Frank b 1867 d 1955 He was born in Bohemia but came to the US at an early age. He studied at the Conservatory of Music in Prague and on his return after graduation he became interested in military music and he applied for a bandmaster position and was selected for training and then sent to the 25th Infantry band at Ft Missoula, Montana. He developed some advanced ideas in the concept of the military band and added such instruments as alto and bass clarinets, oboes, French horns and flugelhorns to his band. Many of the military band arrangements were designed for brass bands with extra reed parts. As a result of his work in combing and balancing the instrumentation of the military band Safranek became the chief band arranger for the Carl Fischer publishing house. He made an enormous contribution to the band repertoires including marches, overtures and novelty numbers. He composed two very popular suites for band the Atlantis and Don Quixote suites. He served for 30 years as a US Army bandmaster and retired in 1930 from the army. Although many of his arrangements have disappeared from the band repertoire his International Peace march medley and Master Melodies remain as classic band works.
Saitoh Takanobu b 1924. He enrolled in the composition curriculum of the Tokyo National Academy of Music in 1943. In that same year he transferred to the Army band of Toyama school. as a trainee graduating in 1947. He June of that year he joined the Japan Self-Defense Force band and later served as the conductor of the Central Air Force band until his retirement as colonel in 1976He conducted the Metropolitan Police band until march of 1986. His marches mostly have followed the western influence. His titles suggest amore exotic flavor but as are influenced by western tonality. His two most well known marches Blue Impulse and Gleaming Crown of Victory are both modern and very listen able.
Santelmann William F (Bill) b 1902 d 1984 He began music studies on the violin at age six. He studied at two major American Universities, and on graduating he was auditioned and selected by the Cleveland Symphony however he found a strong attachment to the US military and was selected in audition by the US Marine band on euphonium. He spent many years with this band as a member and leader from 1940 to 1955 and his total service with the band when he retired in 72 was 32 years .His best known work was the march From Eagle to Star march written in 1945.
Santelmann William Henry Christian b 1863 d 1932 father of the preceding. He was born in Germany and started on the violin at a very young age. He entered military service at age 18 enlisting as a volunteer in the band of the 134th Regiment in Leipzig. He continued his studies and eventually emigrated to the US and became a violinist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He then joined the US Marines band as first violinist and baritone player in the Washington based band. He served with the marine band for 8 years before directing his own band and a the Columbia theatre orchestras. In 1898 he was called back to the US Marines as the conductor and under his direction the band doubled in size to over 60 and as a result he also added an orchestra to the band. During his tenure every applicant for entry in band had to play both on a stringed instrument as well as a military band instrument. This approach gained much favor with both the public and the military.. He was the leader of the Marine band for 29 years and participated in many prominent, national and international events. He retired from his position in 1927. He wrote several marches and Waltzes the most popular of which is the National Capitol Centennial march of 1908 and the Admiral Dewey march.
Saro Heinrich b 1827 d 1891He played trombone in several bands and orchestras before joining the German Army with the band of the 11th Grenadiers in Breslau in 1847. In 1856 he was promoted to the rank of assistant leader. From 1859 to 1887 he led the world renown Kaiser Franz Garde Grenadier Regiment band. He composed and arranged several pieces for band including the Grand Military Tattoo one of the most well known military fantasies ever written. He toured America in 1892 and appeared in numerous concerts with his band.
Saverino Louis b 1915 He is a veteran of twenty-five years in the United States Marine band. He has numerous accomplishments including restoration and collection of rare string bass instruments and he is a gifted composer. He has composed several orchestral numbers and at least twenty-six marches. He was born in Windber Pennsylvania and studied with his father a musician and barber. He began to perform on the Sousaphone and completed courses at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and won a scholarship to the prestigious Eastman School of Music at Rochester New York. He graduated as a tuba major in 1938 and enlisted in the United States Marine band in 1939. He became proficient on String bass and the Bass Clarinet. He has been rated during his career as one of the great tubists and string bass players of his time. He developed into a fine jazz musician as well as a classical musician. In 1964 he retired from the Marines and continued performing in Jazz groups in Washington DC. Several of his marches for band have been published and the most important of his compositions include The Leathernecks, March of the Woman Marines and Pride of the Corps.
Sawerthal Joseph Rudolph b 1819 d 1893 brother of Hugo Zavertal and uncle of Ladislao Zavertal. He was born in Austria and studied at the Prague Conservatory of Music and after graduation was appointed bandmaster of the 6th Cuirassiers. He became very well known for his musical associations and also made a study of Austrian band music. In 1845 he assumed leadership of the Infantry Regiment 53. He reorganized this band into a very fine ensemble and the band was involved in the Italian campaign from 1849-1849. He became the leader of the 60 piece Austrian Navy band at Trieste in 1850 and once again developed this band into a top grade band. In 1868 he was invited to become bandmaster of 4th Kings Own Regiment band. In 1871 he became bandmaster of the Royal Engineers at Chatham. He was very successful as a bandmaster in Britain and was called upon to adjudicate at music festivals. He retired from the British Army in 1890 and returned to his native Austria. During his musical career he wrote several marches including a Funeral march and the Elegy on the Death of the Emperor.
Scala Frances Maria b 1920 d 1903. He began music studies at the Naples Conservatory. In 1841 he enlisted in the US Navy as a third-class musician however left the Navy in 1842. In 1842 he joined the US Marine Corps as a musician and eventually rose to the rank of Pipe-major or leader of the Drum and Fife band. later in 1859 he became the director of the US Marine band in Washington. The position of Leader was created in 1862 and he was the first to hold this position. He retired from the marine band as a Warrant Officer in 1871. He wrote nearly 50 compositions for military band including two of which were quite prominent in American history-President Grant and President Lincoln's Inauguration marches.
Sebor Karl b 1843 d 1903 He entered the Prague conservatory of Music in in 1844 when only 11 years old . He was considered to be a child prodigy and many of his works were played while he was a student at the Conservatory. He became a substitute conductor for both orchestras and theatre orchestras. He also worked under the auspices of Anton Dvorak at the National Opera. While living in Prague he composed 4 operas. In 1871 he enlisted in the army and was appointed director of the band of the Infantry number 34.The band moved from their normal location in Lemberg to Vienna in 1874 and he his band became noted for their excellent performances. Johann Strauss remarked that he never heard his waltzes played better than by Sebor's band. He left the 34th band and transferred to the 89th Infantry band from 1885 to 1887. In 1888 he succeeded the illustrious Karel Kozak I as leader of the band of the Regiment 88 in Prague and retired in 1890 remaining in Prague to write and lead the Prague Grenadiers band a group of former military musicians. He wrote several sparkling marches some of which are still performed today and they include Ungarischer march, Plevna march and the Jovanovic march.
Sellenick, Adolphe b 1816 d 1893. He was born in France and studied with his father who was bassoonist in a French Army band. Sellenick began to study violin and later switched to cornet. He performed with the Strasbourg theatre orchestra and directed a National Guard band in Strasbourg. In 1853 he became the leader of the 2nd Regiment Voltigeurs band in Paris and eventually was selected as leader for the 2nd Legion Republicaine band. In 1873 this band under his direction became the world renown Garde Republicaine band. Most of his works have almost disappeared in France but his March Indienne and fantasy Retreat of the Tarters can be found in several band catalogues. His march Le Voltigeur was arranged and renamed for the Les Voltiguers de Quebec by Joseph Vezina.
Setoguchi Tokichi b 1868 d 1941He was one of the most influential bandmasters and military band composers in Japan. He joined the navy band in 1882 and later became the leader and held that position until his retirement in 1917. In 1907 he led the band in a European tour playing in 16 countries and accompanied Prince Yoshito to London in 1910 for the coronation. He was instrumental in developing Japaanese military bands to a very high standard and he was the most honored military musician in Japan prior to World war II. He wrote a number of marches for band but his March Gunkan remains the his most beloved and finest work.
Silva Caetano A b 1868 d 1920 He began his musical studies at the convent in San Lorenzo and played cornet as well as studying composition. He later switched to French horn. He moved to Buenos Aires and became a bandmaster of a series of army bands including the 7th,11th,3rd,9th,6th,and 15th Infantry Regiment band. He moved several times particularly across the Pampa of Argentina He organized several community bands and military bands across Argentina. He help promote military band music in Agentina and his composition the San Lorenzo march remains a favorite in that country. Composed in 1899 it was recorded by the John Philip Sousa band in 1909.
Schneider Georg Abraham b 1770 d 1839 He was one of family of well known and respected German musicians. He became proficient on oboe and horn and performed in a Hessian regiment band. He also played in court orchestras of Darmstadt, Schwerin, Rheinsberg and Berlin. In 1812 he undertook of theatrical conductor and also led several military bands at Reval and Berlin. In 1816 and again 1820 he became the Kapellmeister of the court opera and leader for Army bands of the realm. He had a rare knowledge of musical instruments and wrote a large number of orchestral works as well as for military band. His symphonies and concertos were all transcribed for the wind band. His marches which are now extinct were mostly based on the Harmonie Musique concept.
Sebor Karel b 1843 d 1903 He was a Czech bandmaster. He failed to conclude his musical studies at the Prague Conservatory however he went on to develop a many sided career in music in 1871 he assumed leadership of the Infantry band no.34 bandmaster. In 1885 he became bandmaster of the 89th Regiment band. In 1888 he succeeded Karel Komzak I as leader of the band of Infantry Regiment 88 in Prague He retired in in Prague in 1894 and became the bandmaster of the Prague Grenadiers as a civilian. During his lifetime he wrote a good deal of music for the Czech opera and as well several military band numbers including four Hungarian marches, the Plevna march and the Jovanovic march.
Shore Mathias b? d 1700 A trumpeter who eventually became a King's Trumpeter. In 1687 he was appointed to the post of Sergeant-Trumpeter to the Royal Household. He was a performer of Purcell's day.
Shore William b ?d 1707 Brother of the preceding and also a trumpeter and King's Trumpeter. He accompanied William III to Holland in the period 1690-91. He served with the Life Guards as Trumpet major. He appeared on numerous occasions with his brother to sound arrivals of plenipotentiaries and eventually succeeded his brother as Sergeant Trumpeter. His most famous work was the March Prince Eugene's march into Italy.
Shore John b 1662 d 1752 He was the third family member to distinguish himself as a King's Trumpeter and was a member of the King's band of music in 1695. In 1699 he was a member of the a band of seven whom played for the arrivals of European Royalty. He replaced his uncle William Shore in 1707 as Sergeant Trumpeter and became the most celebrated trumpeter of his time. Numerous trumpet obbligato were written for him including several by Purcell. Shore's trumpet tune which was famous in it's day is attributed to him .
Slatter John b 1864 d 1954 Born in England he played euphonium and trombone and in 1882 he joined the Life Guards band. He emigrated to the US in 1886 and was hired by the Victor Herbert orchestra. In 1896 he came to Canada and became the leader of the 48th Highlanders band in Toronto a post he held until his retirement in 1946. Slatter became the most well known and respected military band musician in Canada. He was the director of bands, buglers and music for the Canadian army during World War I. He was a charter member of the Canadian and American bandmasters association and led the 48th Highlanders on numerous tours to America and to Europe. He wrote numerous arrangements for military band including a Scottish medley called The Bonnie Brier Bush and a patriotic march Under the British Flag. He organized book Patriotic band book which contains several Canadian Forces marches and anthems is still being marketed.
Snell Joseph Francois b 1793 d 1861He began early musical training on violin and eventually studied at the Paris Conservatory He became a violinist in the Vaudeville theatre. In 1813 he returned to his native Brussels and became the director of the bandmasters school of the Netherlands in 1828 and inspector of Army bands in 1829. In 1831 he was appointed as conductor of the Royal Society Grande harmonie (The Royal band). In 1837 he was made head of the of music of the Civic Guard. He wrote numerous compositions for orchestra and band and the most well known of his military compositions was a concert march Les Barricades.
Sousa John Philip b 1854 d 1932 Much has been written about this American legend but his greatest contribution to the heritage of military bands is that above all of his achievements he was a patriot. He began his musical career in Washington DC with several teachers. He studied violin and was equally at home on the flute, piano, cornet, baritone, trombone and piano. His father was a trombonist in the Marine band and he was permitted to sit in with the band at age of eleven. At age 13 he became a apprentice musician in the Marines . He left to perform in various theatre orchestras but in 1880 he was called upon to become the leader of the US Marines band. He held this position for 12 years and through his marches and compositions as well as arrangements brought the Marines to the highest standard ever reached by any military band in America. By the time he left to form his own band in 1892 his name had become a household word. Sousa's career in the military did not end because he returned in 1917 to organize the bands at the Great Lakes Naval Training station, a job he did for one US dollar and for which he was granted the exalted rank of Lieutenant senior grade. Sousa had a outstanding career both as a military and civilian musician and his marches continue to flourish worldwide. The number of recordings of his works exceed well over a thousand units and his entire works are part of the Robert Hoe collection recorded by the US Marine band. Most of his marches have a flag waving quality and military precision is replicated in several of his compositions including The Gallant Seventh, Glory of the Yankee Navy, Sabre and Spurs, Raiders of the Flag, The Us Field Artillery March. The Black Horse Troop.
Derek Stannard b 1929 He began studies on trumpet at an early age with his father Ted Stannard who was a vaudeville musician. At age 17 he was selected for the Hallé orchestra under Sir John Barbirolli. He joined the Irish Guards band in 1949 as part of his National Service. He emigrated to Canada in 1952 joining the RCAF Tactical Air Command band in Edmonton. In 1958 he transferred to the Lord Strathcona Horse band. In 1960 he was selected for bandmaster training at the Royal Military School of Music at Kneller hall graduating with honors in 1963. He was commissioned as Lieutenant and posted to the Royal Canadian Regiment band in London Ontario. a post he held with distinction. In 1969 he was appointed associate director of the Norad band in Colorado Springs Colorado. In 1972 he became the Director of Music of the Central band of the Canadian Forces in Ottawa. His works for band include a composition for Concert band called Suite For Band written in 1961.He was)the director of the Boca Raton Concert Orchestra.
Stanley Leo b 1885 d 1966 This was the psudonym of Randolph Robjent Ricketts and he was the brother of eminent British march composer Kenneth J Alford(FJ Ricketts). Stanley however developed into one of the world's most prolific march writers. He was born in east London and began the study of French horn at an early age. He was attracted to military life and at age 15, enlisting in the 2nd 28th Royal Irish Regiment and was accepted at Kneller hall as a pupil in 1901. In 1910 he was selected for bandmaster training and graduated with several prizes including the Memorial medal from the Company of Worshipful Musicians. He was selected as bandmaster of the 2nd Essex Regiment in 1913 and saw service in Malta, Turkey, India and during World war 1 in France. He remained in various posts until his retirement in 1925. He became the civilian conductor of the Band of the Royal Signals an unofficial band withal professional director. He retired from this position in 1938. He wrote several sterling marches and several other works for band under his pen name of Leo Stanley. His most popular marches are Alamein, The Contemptibles, slow marches Pageantry and Colours.
Starke Hermann b 1870 d ca.1920 He wrote nearly 800 works for band most of which has disappeared from the scene. He was reportedly an non commissioned officer in the German Army with Infantry regiment band no. 168 in 1900. Most of his work was published just prior and during the First World war. Three of his works including the marches Bavarda, Light Cavalry and With Sword and Lance are still under copyright by Boosey-Hawkes of London with the latter being the most successful of his works.
Stauffer Donald W b 1919 He studied music at an early age and gained his Masters degree from the Eastman School of Music on Tuba and String Bass in 1942. He performed with the Rochester Philharmonic and Civic orchestras. In 1942 he joined the US Navy band in Washington DC. In 1956 he became Leader of the New York Naval base Band and in 1958 became the Head of Academic training at the Naval School of Music. In 1960 he was posted to the US Navy band as the third Leader and he was promoted to Lieutenant Junior grade in 1963. He held various other postings in the mid 1960's including leader of the Atlantic Fleet band at Norfolk Virginia. In 1968 he reached the pinnacle of his career by being appointed leader of the US navy band. In 1970 he was promoted to the rank of Commander. He received several honors during during his sterling career including the Service Commendation medal. His crowning achievement with the band was the completion of the 15 albums of march music for the Heritage of the March series sponsored by Robert Hoe. He composed several works for band as well as numerous articles related to the wind band. His most important work for band is the march named in honor of President John F Kennedy and dedicated to the naval air craft carrier the U.S.S. Kennedy march.
Stieberitz Ernst b 1877 d 1945 He was a well known and respected conductor in Germany who gained prominence between the wars. His importance as a march composer equals that of Franz von Blon, Hermann Blankenburg, arl Tieke and Paul Linke.He began his musical career as a flautist, and entered military service in 1896 when he was eighteen. He was assigned to the 8th Rhenish Infantry band. In 1899 he was transferred to the Danzig Infantry band. In 1902 he was sent to study at the Royal Academy of Music in Berlin. He completed the bandmasters course in three years and at age of only twenty-nine became the bandmaster of the Danzig Infantry band. The list of the band shows that the musicians were very proficient on both band and orchestral instruments. During First World war most musicians were involved in war time duties. Following the war Stieberitz returned to his prewar employment as director of the Danzig 128th Infantry band. The city of Danzig was declared a free city and all of the German Troops departed including the band. However he was given the direction of the State Police band This band which was totally military in structure became one of the finest ever organized in the German Republics. Steiberitz had developed into a superb leader and showman. As the dark clouds of war rose again Stieberitz continued to play concerts and for his work he was promoted to the rank of major. He was killed during a Russian bombing raid on Danzig in 1945. He wrote numerous works for the concert and parade band including sixty marches. His arrangements of orchestral works were of extremely high standard. Two of his marches remain very prominent today and demonstrate his enormous legacy to the military band repertoire. They are It is Sunday, (Sonntag ist's) and Under the Star of the Guard (Unter dem Gardestern).
Streck Peter b 1797 d 1864 He was a Bavarian bandmaster and he was the supervisor of seven military bands stationed in Munich. His concerts in the Munich " Glaspalast" were sensational. and he was appointed the senior bandmaster in 1851. He composed several titles for military band. Several of his works for band were written in a series of related titles including the Jager march for Bavarian Army marches and the Munchen march for city marches.
Suma Yosaku b 1907 He has made a tremendous contribution to military music in Japan. He graduated first from the military band class at the Toyoma School of the Imperial Japanese Army in 1926. He became the principal trombonist of the Army School band. In 1939 he was promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer and assigned as assistant director of music at the Japanese Army Headquarters in Hong Kong. later he was promoted 2nd Lieutenant and director of music of the 2nd Command band of Asia. Following the war with the bands inactivated he played trombone in the NHK Symphony. In 1950 when the army bands were reorganized under the Self Defense programmed he established the Central Army band of the Ground Forces as a world class ensemble. He also supervised several other band . He was appointed the director of music for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. He retired in 1963 with the rank of Colonel and taught at the Musashino Music Academy in Tokyo. He has composed over 200 works for military band and his march Blue Sky remains as a superb example of his command of instrumentation and a wonderful feel for western idioms.
Takayama Minorou b 1907 d 1964. He began military service as a band boy in 1923 on cornet in the Yokosuka Naval Depot band. He later studied violin and theory at the Tokyo Academy of Music. He made steady progress and was posted to the Navy band of Tokyo and eventually after he had completed his studies he was commissioned and promoted to the rank of sub-lieutenant with title of Fleet bandmaster. He served for several years as conductor and executive officer of the Imperial navy band. Following the war when Japanese navy bands were reactivated he was appointed the director of the Japanese Coast Guard band which was renamed in 1954 the Maritime Self Defense Force band. His work in selecting and training musicians for the navy was of a very high standard and under his leadership the maritime band began traveling abroad and visited the USA, Hawaii and several Asian countries. He retired with the rank of Captain (Navy) in 1961. He had a tremendous influence on naval military band music in Japan which had a general impact on wind band music . His recordings of band music in Japan are very highly regarded as superb renditions of his own compositions and those of other Japanese and western composers. He wrote and arranged a number of works for band including the well known march Japanese Naval Craft (Akebono)
Tanzer Sepp b 1907 d 1983. One of Europe's most well known and gifted musicians Tanzer was born in Austria. His outstanding musical ability was recognized ata very early age and he began studies on clarinet with eminent teachers. At the age of 12 he could perform nearly all of the known repertoire for clarinet and his skills as a instrumentalist were well known. At age 19 he began a career as solo clarinet with the 12th Trolean Mountain troop. He continued his studies and learned both conducting an theory. In 1930 he also became he conductor of the Innsbruck-Wilten band . Following his retirement from the military forces he became the permanent conductor the band and during the 1964 and 1977 Olympics gained international publicity for the band. He developed an enormous amount of wind band literature and under his leadership the Tyrolean wind band became world renowned. He composed over 150 works for band including preludes, fantasies, marches and suites. His most popular march is the march Red-White-Blue a march which honors the colors of Austria
Teike Carl b 1864 d 1922.He is considered to be one of the pre-eminent composers of his generation and his works remain extremely popular despite the fact that he has been gone from the scene for over 75 years. He was born in a small town in Prussia and began his musical career on the French Horn at age fourteen. In addition as part of his studies he learned the string bass. In 1883 he joined the 123rd King Karl Regiment band in Ulm. He was able to supplement his meager military earnings by playing in the local theatre orchestra and began to compose march music, the first of which was On the Banks of the Danube march. He was however disappointed in his bandmaster's lack of appreciation for his most famous composition Old Comrades march which the bandmaster indifferently advised Teike to throw the manuscript into the fire. Following his bitter experience, he resigned from the army and became a policeman with various postings in Ulm and Potsdam. In 1909 he moved to Landsberg which is now in Poland. He took a position with the post office department and continued to write marches for military band. He wrote over 100 marches in his lifetime and at least 20 concert numbers consisting of waltzes, polkas, mazurkas and Rhinelander's. In addition to the Old Comrades march he wrote the well known Graf Zeppelin march and the march Staunch and True. Although these marches remain at the top of the list in recording and performance it has been said that every march he wrote was magnificent and there is world wide concurrence in that observation.
Uhlir Jan b 1894 d 1970 He joined the army in Bohemia in 1911 becoming a member of the Infantry Regiment No.1. He was taken prisoner by the Russians in World war I and eventually became the bandmaster of the 12th Czech regiments stationed in Russia. He returned home in 1918 and became bandmaster in various locations including Prague. He also took time to study at the Prague Conservatory of Music. On his graduation he was named Commandant of the Military School of Music. later he was inspector of Czechoslovakian military bands and taught instrumentation at the Prague Conservatory. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1958. He wrote an enormous amount of material for band including 34 marches,10 Intermezzos 6 Waltzes,6 Polkas and 8 other works. His march Radost is his most well known work and was recorded by several bands in Czechoslovakia,
Unrath Carl Ludwig b 1828 d 1908. He was orphaned at birth but went on to become one of Germany's most well known and popular composers of military marches. He became an apprentice bandsman at age 15 and entered the 4th Wurtemberg Regiment playing clarinet with the band for four years. In 1847 he was promoted to the band of the First Brigade. In 1848 he was selected for conservatory training. He was appointed bandmaster of the 14th regiment band in Ulm in 1850 at age twenty-two. He remained as bandmaster with this band until 1872. He had a distinguished war record serving with his regiment in the Seven Weeks war of 1870 and later in 1870-71 his regiment helped to overthrow the French Empire. He retired in 1878 and undertook a civilian occupation with the war ministry. He wrote approximately 100 marches and his works became known both in Europe and North America. His King Charles march is still performed and recorded in North America and has been programmed by several US and Canadian service bands. His march Pass in Review (Defiler) became staple for several Canadian Army bands following visits and postings to Germany in the 1950's.His melodic compositions are among the most well scored music in the history of military music.
Urbanec Rudolph b 1907 d 1976 He had a very early interest in music and was able to learn violin under his own guidance. He attended the Military School of Music in Prague from 1924 to 1926 majoring in violin and baritone. In 1926 he joined the Czech Infantry Regiment band 35 at Pilsen. He also continued his studies at the Local Music School. In 1933 he left military service to perform with several civilian orchestras. From 1934 to 1936 he attended the Prague Conservatory and on graduation was accepted as an bandmaster in the Czech Army. His first appointment was as director of the Regiment 17 band and when broke out he left to forma band in Iran. He later led bands in Israel and eventually made his way to England. Following the war he returned to Prague and led the band of the Castle Guard and on retirement was music editor and manager and chief editor of the State Music Publishing House. He led the Supraphone concert band who made several recordings of concert band music. His known works consist of nine pieces three of which were marches including, Catherine March, The Peoples Army, and Wave Flag of Ours.
Van Der Glas, Jan Roelof b 1879 d 1972. At age six he began studies on the piano. Later at age 16 was selected for service in the Dutch Army Staff band stationed at Assesn. He proved to be a quick learner and the band conductor encouraged him to continue his studies. He learned to perform on French Horn, euphonium and cornet. In 1923 he was appointed director of the 5th Regiment Staff band stationed in Amersfoort. His band made a steady improvement under his direction and gained wide acceptance. He retired from the army in 1939. He composed a number of works for band which included several marches some of which were later recorded by the Royal marines Band of the Netherlands Navy.
Van Leeuwen Adrianus Cornelius b 1887 d 1962 born in the Netherlands he joined the 8th Regiment band as a young man in 1903 where he received his training both in theory and as an instrumentalist. He learned flugelhorn and eventually became a senior musician. later became a assistant leader of several military bands before qualifying as a bandmaster in 1936. He wrote several works for band and his most well known compositions include the Dutch Army march and March Heroique.
Vezina Joseph b 1849 d 1924 He was known as the father of Military bands in Canada. He was a very highly respected teacher and composer as well as an outstanding conductor. He was born in Quebec City and studied with the eminent composer Calixa Lavalleé who wrote O Canada. He was however a self taught musician who had a natural flair for music. He learned organ and many of the wind instruments of the band., He became a baritone player in the 9th Battalion of the Quebec Rifles and remained with that band from 1869 to 1879. In 1898 he became the bandmaster of the first permanent band in Canada, the Royal Canadian Garrison Artillery band. He also formed several civilian bands in Quebec city. He was responsible for organizing all of the musical events for the 300th anniversary of Quebec in 1908. Although he never actually joined the military forces of Canada serving as a civilian bandmaster on the civil service list he was considered one of Canada's top military musicians. He wrote a vast amount of music for band and orchestra most of which remains unpublished. His most enduring work was the Marche de Parade -Parade March.
Villeneuve Charles A b 1930 He began an early career at the Quebec Conservatory of music . He joined the Royal 22nd band in 1952 as an oboist. In 1957 he was selected to attend Kneller hall in England on the bandmaster course. While at the school he became a member of the London Wind ensemble. He graduated in 1960 and on his return to Canada he was appointed as director of the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps band in Montreal. On the amalgamation of the Canadian Forces in 1968 he became leader of the Royal Canadian Artillery band in Montreal. In August 1978 he was selected as the director of the famous R22nd Regiment band in Quebec City (commonly known as the Van-Doo's) with the rank of Major. In 1980 he was promoted to Lt Colonel and became the supervisor of music for the Canadian Forces. He retired in 1984 and continued to serve as music coordinator for the Army cadets in the Quebec region . His most popular composition was La Belle Equipe -The Fine Team.
Voigt Friedrich Wilhelm b 1833 d 1894 He was born in Koblenz and received his initial training with his father. His talent was quite noticeable and he was sent to the local 30th regiment band at age 16. He furthered his studies at the Rheinishe Music school in Cologne from 1851to 1853.He was given a royal commission to study with August Wilhelm Bach at the Royal Academy of fine Arts in Berlin. He continued his work both as a performer on violin and as a composer winning numerous awards. He was recommended by William Wieprecht the supervisor of all German bands to become bandmaster of the 1st Regiment Foot Guards in Potsdam. He remained in this position from 1857 to 1887 He eventually was selected to become the supervisor for all German bands in 1887 to 1890. He retired in 1890 . In 1892 he led the combined bands of the German Army in a concert of music by Richard Wagner and this work was acknowledged by Wagner when he sent a portrait to Voigt. He wrote over 100 works many of which were for military band, including the exciting and unique march the German Emperor's Guards (Die deutsche Kaisergarde)
W. Wake Wilhelm b 1864 d 1944 He was born in Bohemia and studied at the Prague Conservatory from 1879 to 1882. He entered military service in 1882 joining the Infantry Regiment band no.74. He left the army and became a music director in the town of Brixen. Later in 1894 he was appointed the musical director of the Infantry Regiment band the famous Hoch and Deutchmeister band. Under his direction the band gained wide acclaim often referred to as the philharmonic in uniform. He led this band until 1918. He retired after the collapse of the monarchy and began to write seriously for both orchestra and concert band. His march Thundering Cannons is his most well known and thrilling works for band.
Wagner Josef Franz b 1856 d 1908 He was born in Vienna and in his short lifetime became the march king of Austria. He studied at the Royal Military Institute in Kaschau and following military duty in the army n 1878 he was appointed bandmaster of the Royal 47th Infantry Regiment band. He remained in that post until 1892 he was appointed bandmaster of the 49th Infantry band which had several stations including Krems, Brünn and Vienna. He retired from the army in 1899 and began devoting more time to writing. Over 250 of his works were published and his opus numbers exceed 400 for total compositions. He wrote numerous marches, waltzes, concertos, and songs. His music has been recorded by several eminent bands including the Sepots Guards and the US Naval Academy band. One of his most widely acclaimed and popular marches was the Tyrolean Woodchopper march, Napolean march and his march Under the Double Eagle remains a universal favorite.
Wagnes Eduard b 1863 d 1936 Born in Graz Austria he began study of the piano and French horn at an early age. In 1878 he began a professional career by touring with the orchestra of Eduard Strauss. He served in the army from 1882 to 1885 with the 27th Regiment band of the Austro-Hungarian Army. In 1890 he became the bandmaster of the Uniformed citizens corps of Graz. In 1895 he moved to Yugoslavia to become the bandmaster of the 2nd Bosnia-Herzegovina Infantry Regiment. He did wear a uniform but like many bandmasters of the time was a civil servant. He remained as bandmaster with this band until 1919. He wrote over 300 compositions including operettas, forty waltzes and 100 marches as well as several other compositions. His most well known and beloved march is The Bosnians are Coming.
Whitcom, Kenneth George b 1926 was born in Battle Creek Michigan and attended Central High School in that city. Considered to be a superb natural musician he was selected for service with the United States Military Academy band at West Point in 1946 where he performed on clarinet and saxophone and was the chief arranger and assistant bandmaster. While at West Point he wrote a march called The Jubilee march under the pseudonym George Kenny. He later became the band master of the 30th Army band overseas in Germany. Following his retirement from the army in 1966 he became one of Americas top arrangers and composers . He arranged all of the music for the opening of the Epcot Center at Disney-World in 1982 and continues to play an active part at Disney-World each year. Besides Jubilee he wrote the concert march Coat of Arms.
White, William C b 1882 d 1964 He was a long serving American military musician, with 41 years service. He began musical studies at age 12 on violin, clarinet and saxophone. In 1907 he joined the US Army as a member of the 19th Coastal Artillery band at Fort Banks. He also had an opportunity to continue his studies at the New England Conservatory of Music graduating in 1911. His next appointment in the Army was as adjutant of the Army School of Music in Governor's Island New York. He graduated as bandmaster in 1914 and was appointed as the Assistant Principal of the Army Music School in Washington and later became the Principal. During peacetime he had several military postings including Hawaii in 1928 and in New York and Washington. When war broke out in 1941 he again assumed the leadership of the US Army School of Music in Washington training musicians for military units. In 1946 he was appointed the director of the 321st Army band and he retired in 1948 with the rank of Chief warrant Officer.. He composed 8 marches all published by the Fischer Company the most well known is The General's march 1932
Whiting Chester Earl b 1901 d 1985 Born near the city of Boston Mass he began the study of music by learning clarinet and saxophone. later he also played trombone and drums. In 1915 he joined the local National Guard band . He later attended Boston College and the New England Conservatory of Music. From 1924 to 1940 he was the director of the 110th Massachusetts National Guards band. During the early part of the war he was chief of bands of the 26th Yankee Division and earned the Bronze Star on New Caledonia for helping to raise the morale of the troops. He was sent back to the US at the end of the war to form the 1st Combat Infantry Corps band and traveled across the US helping to sell war bonds. In 1946 he organized the United States Ground Forces band which eventually was renamed the Army Field band. This band traveled extensively playing concerts in every corner of America and in Europe as well as in Canada. He retired from the army in 1960. Most of his marches were composed while he was serving in the Pacific Theatre of combat and a few have been published including Americal Division and Minnesota State Fair written after the war in 1949.
Widner, Ivar Fredrik b 1891 d 1973 Born in Sweden he began to study cornet at an an early age. At age fourteen he joined the band of the Royal Västmanland Regiment. In 1909 he was accepted for study at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and graduated in 1915. In 1916 he became the Director of Music of the band of the Royal Norbotten Regiment. From 1923 to 1932 he was the director of the Hälsinge Regiment band with the rank of Captain. He was selected as the Director of Music of the prestigious Royal Navy band from 1932 to 1947. He retired in 1947. He presented very popular concerts at the Skansen, the open air museum in Stockholm. He was awarded the Royal Order of Vasa for his service to Sweden. He wrote over 100 works including 30 marches, several waltzes. His most well known marches were Swedish Signal March No 1 and Our Navy.
Widqvist Magnus Viktor b 1881 d 1952 Born in Stockholm he began early studies of music on violin and tuba.. He joined the army at age 17 with the Royal Engineers band In 1918 after several years of serious study he was appointed as director of the Royal Engineers band in Boden. He later was transferred to the Royal Engineers band in Karlsborg. He retired from the army in 1925. He returned to civilian life and earned a reputation as a professional violinist. He composed a number of light concert pieces for both orchestra and band his most well known numbers for military band were the marches Queen of Malaren and Under the Blue and Yellow Flag.
Wieprecht, Wilhelm b 1802 d 1872 He was one of most influential military musicians of his age.. He developed the instrumentation for various types of bands in Germany and Prussia and through his leadership the military band gained vast prominence and acceptance throughout the world. His work in the development of piston brass instruments heralded the advent of the valve trumpets, horns, tubas and euphoniums. He reorganized 30 infantry bands and ten cavalry bands in Germany and by 1838 he became the director of the band of the Berlin Guide. He was born into a family of military musicians. He learned violin and oboe from his father later learning clarinet and trumpet. He studied with musicians of the Royal Orchestra of Bernberg. He was encouraged by Carl Maria Von Weber and eventually joined the Royal Orchestra. He began work on cavalry marches and composed several marches for the German Army. By 1838 he was the civilian instructor of military bands of Berlin. Several of his marches and compositions are in the repertoire of today's bands in Europe. He is said to have transcribed all of the symphonies of Beethoven for military band and several pieces of Mozart. He gained international prominence in1867 by winning first prize at the celebrated Paris Band Festival. His futuristic approach to band music and his conducting style was brought to the attention of composers, Franz Liszt, Giaccomo Meyerbeer and Gasparo Spontini who admired both his bands and his novel symphonic conducting style. His marches Dessauer, Parade march and the Festival of the White Rose remain as a testament to his compositional technique and his knowledge of band scoring.
Willcocks, George Henry b 1899 d 1962 He joined the 4th Battalion Royal Fusiliers as a bandsman Bb Cornet and later was transferred to the 1st Battalion. In 1920 he was selected for training at Kneller hall and on graduation in 1924 become the bandmaster of the 2nd battalion South Wales Borderers. In 1937 he was selected as bandmaster of the Royal Artillery band at Salisbury Plain. In 1938 he was appointed Director of Music of the Irish Guards band and received his Queen's Commission. He retired from service in 1949 and became closely associated with the British Brass band movement. The most well known of his marches include the Youth Triumphant and The Spirit of Freedom March.
Winterbottom, Frank b 1861 d 1930 His transcriptions and arrangements of works for military and concert band remain as a shining example of works for band. He began his musical career on cello and after a short career in several residential orchestras he was appointed professor of music at Dulwich College in England. In 1890 he joined the Royal Marine band service and was appointed Director of Music of the Royal Marine band at Chatham. He remained in this position until 1910 when he was appointed instructor of band instruments at Kneller hall. Over 300 of his works were published by Boosey or Chappell. His Transcription of Capriccio Espagnol and hundreds of other arrangements remain as a tribute to his enormous ability in the field of band scoring.
Wornes, William Thomas (Major) b 1940 He started his career with the British army as a Band-boy studying the Flute. He attended the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall and studied under R. J. Boddington. He emigrated to Canada in 1964 as a member of the Royal Canadian Dragoons Band. He performed as principal Flute for the New Brunswick Symphony Orchestra and toured frequently with the New Brunswick Woodwind Quintet. He served subsequently with the Vimy Band under Capt. Ken Moore and The Royal Canadian Artillery band under Major Charles Villeneuve. He was selected for training as a Director of Music in 1979 and after extensive training, was commissioned as Director of Music in 1980. He served as a training officer at the Canadian Forces School of Music and promoted to Captain. In 1984 he took over the Vimy Band as Director and later, the Artillery Band. He was promoted to Major in 1990 and appointed Commandant of the Canadian Forces School of Music. After retirement in 1992, he served for a further three years as Inspector of all Reserve Force bands across Canada.
Young, Alfred b 1900 d 1975.Born in England he began studies of piano with his father. At age six he began violin lessons and became part of the music scene in Colchester, England. At age 13 in 1913 he enlisted in the army as an under age member of the Durham Light Infantry. In 1919 he went with his band to Russia as part of the Russian Expeditionary Force. His playing skills were very much in demand and he was a featured performer in concerts by the Durham Light Infantry band .In 1921 his unit was transferred to India. He studied for the entrance examination to the Royal Military School of Music and in 1924 he was accepted for bandmaster training . He graduated in 1927 and was appointed as bandmaster of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry band . He remained with this band until 1938 until he was appointed the first bandmaster of the Royal Army Service Corps band . he held this post until 1942 touring widely and giving numerous concerts. He was appointed director of music of the Royal Engineers band in 1942 and while on tour with the band in 1944 contracted malaria. He retired and eventually became the professor of instrumentation at Kneller Hall from 1959 to 1966. He is still considered to have been one of most underrated composer in Britain. During the war he wrote directed and arranged the highly successful radio and life concert series "Band Review", "Calling all Services" and "Stars in Battledress". He composed a considerable amount of music during his lifetime including well known marches such as Boots and Saddles, Sovereign's Escort and the superb march the Matador. He also composed under the pseudonym Earl Brigham.
Zaverthal Laislaus b 1849 d 1942 He was Italian by birth and studied at the Conservatory of Milan. He made his first appearance as a conductor in Milan and following this appearance he was selected as the conductor of the Milan Theatre Orchestra. In 1865 he emigrated to Scotland settling in Glasgow. He became the civilian director of the 11th Foot Regiment in 1872 and in 1881 he was appointed the director of the Royal Artillery band . He remained in this post until 1907. His work with the Artillery band and orchestra gained him international plaudits. His concerts became the highlight of the London concert season. He was one of the first conductors in Britain to take the music of the military band to the people when he began to play outdoor concerts in the summer months in the sea-side cities. His work gained him recognition by British Royalty and he received numerous awards including the Victorian Order of Britain. He was one of the first military band directors to require that musicians have a dual skill in both military band and orchestral instruments thus making the organization of the Artillery band very versatile. The most well known of his works for band included the stirring grand march Queen Victoria and the 76th Italian Regiment march.
Zehle, Wilhelm b 1876 d 1956 Born in what was known as Prussia he began music studies in Magdeburg in 1895 at age nineteen. He eventually joined the Royal German Mobile 2nd Sea battalion at Wilhelmshaven as a military bandsman. He was very talented cornet and trumpet player and soon became the band soloist. In 1900 his battalion was ordered to China to help quell the boxer rebellion and was part of the joint invasion forces from Austria, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States. Shortly before sailing the band leader became ill and Zehle was appointed in his place . Following his service in China he began writing the suite "Sounds of Peking": which was later published. On his return to Germany he resumed his role as solo trumpet, He left military service in 1903 taking the position of Administrator at the Civil Port Authority in Wilhelmshaven. He won the prestigious march composition contest sponsored by Hawkes and Son with the march Viscount Nelson in 1900, Army and marine in 1901, Wellington in 1906 and Trafalgar in 1908.He had a great influence on future composers with his strong melodic and harmonic structure of his marches. He was an enormous talent and his marches are still performed around the world. The Wellington march is considered his tour de Force in marches. Many of his marches are still being recorded by major bands world wide.
Zita, Frantisek b 1880 d 1946 Born in Austria he joined the military service as a band boy with the 3rd Bosnian Infantry Regiment. He was able to learn several instruments including violin, tenor horn and euphonium. The band conductor at this time was the eminent composer Franz Lehar. On Lehar's recommendation he was accepted into the Budapest Musical Academy. In 1902 he became the Drum Major of the Infantry Regiment 97 band at Trieste. In 1911 he became the band leader. His most famous period was from 1919 to 1921 when he led the 2nd garrison band and the Infantry Regiment 43rd band at Brno (1921-36). He was a very proficient conductor and he helped to raise the standard of his bands by introducing symphonic and operatic transcriptions into his repertoire. He retired in 1936 and left behind 11 works for band. He wrote eight marches for band some of which are still being performed in Hungary today.
Zimmerman, Charles A b 1862 d 1916 He had a long and distinguished career as bandmaster at the US Naval Academy from 1887 until 1916. He is best remembered for the march Anchors Aweigh. He began musical studies with his father who was a musician in the Naval Academy band. At age 20 he attended the Peabody Institution, Baltimore majoring in instrumental music, becoming a skilled pianist and learning several instruments. He became leader on the Naval Academy band in 1887. He gained national recognition by leading the Academy band orchestra and was offered the post of director of the US Marines band when Sousa retired in 1892. He remained a beloved campus figure at the Academy until his death in 1911.