- Albert R. Rice
American firm of band instrument manufacturers . It was founded in Elkart, Indiana by Ferdinand August ‘Gus’ Buescher (b Elk Township, Noble County, OH, 26 April 1861; d Elkhart, 29 Nov 1937). Buescher worked first for Conn from 1876, becoming foreman in 1888. In 1894 he established the Buescher Manufacturing Co. to make band instruments and metal tools in partnership with John L. Collins, a clothing merchant and Harry L. Young, a salesman. In 1904 the firm was reorganized as the Buescher Band Instrument Co. and in 1916 Buescher sold the company to five Elkhart businessmen, remaining as the manager and later as an engineer. In 1928 the Elkhart Band Instrument Co. bought the Buescher firm and continued manufacturing under the Buescher name until 1963 when it was sold to H. & A. Selmer. From 1932 to 1937 Buescher was a partner with Harry Pedler (1872–1950) of Art Musical Instruments Inc. of Elkhart, a manufacturing company which supplied brass instruments and parts to other businesses....