Earle Harry Hagen – “The Famous Composer Nobody Ever Heard Of”

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.

Josef Franz Wagner

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”

Sousa’s Unfinished March

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”

Carmen Dragon

Carmen Dragon was a noted composer, arranger and conductor. He was born July 28, 1914 in Antioch, California to a family of Italian heritage. He died in Los Angeles on March 28, 1984. According to his obituary in the New York Times, by his teens he had learned to play the piano, string bass, accordion,Continue reading “Carmen Dragon”

Heritage Brass Band’s Favorite Marches

The Heritage Brass Band has enjoyed performing marches for many years. We are happy to announce that we have created a playlist of our favorite marches on Spotify ™. If you already use the application please feel free to enjoy our playlist called the Heritage Brass Band’s Favorite Marches. This playlist can be enjoyed usingContinue reading “Heritage Brass Band’s Favorite Marches”