One of the wonderful songs in our large “book” of music is called “Harlem Nocturne.” Linked below is an excellent biography of the composer by Wayne S. Walker. The author provides an interesting look into the life and musical career of Mr. Hagen.
Over the years, the band has played a lot of Stephen Foster compositions and has also recorded a CD called The Unknown Stephen Foster of only his songs. Please enjoy this biography of the wonderful American composer Stephen Foster.
The song alternately known as the “Navy Hymn,” “For Those in Peril on the Sea” or “Eternal Father, Strong to Save” dates back to 1860. During the 19th century, hymnbooks typically included sections of hymns devoted to the subject of divine protection for travelers, particularly for naval travel. This hymn has likely been the mostContinue reading “Navy Hymn”
Frank White Meacham was born in Buffalo, New York in 1856 to John Horace Meacham and Mary Emma Page Meacham. He was the middle child of at least five siblings. In the 1865 census, John Horace’s profession was listed as broker and in the 1875 census when Frank was 19, John Horace’s profession was listedContinue reading “Frank W. Meacham”
Wagner was the composer of a well known march called “Under the Double Eagle” in 1893. It has been so often performed by United States bands over the years that it could easily be mistaken to be an American patriotic work. What was the double eagle? J. F. Wagner was Austrian and the double eagleContinue reading “Josef Franz Wagner”
Most often known simply as R. B. Hall, this composer lived most of his life in Maine. He was born in 1858 and died in 1907. He was born in Bowdoinham, ME to Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel W. Hall. Robert took lessons on E-flat cornet from his father and later added B-flat cornet to theContinue reading “Robert Browne Hall”
Roland Forrest Seitz was born in 1867 in Pennsylvania to William and Magdalena Zeigler Seitz. His paternal grandparents had come to America from Germany just over 100 years earlier. Roland was the youngest of eight children. His father died when Roland was only three, and as a youth, Roland began working as an apprentice printerContinue reading “Roland F. Seitz”
Charles Edward Duble was a trombonist and composer born on September 13, 1884 in Jeffersonville, Indiana. During his performing career of over twenty years, he played with a number of circus, vaudeville and minstrel bands including the Sun Brothers Circus, John Robinson’s Big Ten Shows, Barnum and Bailey’s Greatest Show on Earth and the RinglingContinue reading “Charles E. Duble”
Classical composer Franz Schubert lived from 1797 to 1828. During his lifetime, Schubert composed many works including seven complete symphonies. His eighth symphony was begun in 1822, but not finished. By the time Schubert died, he had completed two movements of this composition and two other fragments of movements which may or may not haveContinue reading “Sousa’s Unfinished March”
The work “Farewell Father, Friend and Guardian” was composed as a tribute to the late President Abraham Lincoln who was assassinated on Good Friday, April 9, 1865. The musical work “Farewell, Father, Friend, and Guardian,” commonly known as the “Lincoln Farewell” was written by George Frederic Root (music) and L. M. Dawn (words) and wasContinue reading “Lincoln Farewell and Composer George F. Root”