- Raoul F. Camus
(b Bremen, Germany, Feb 21, 1858; d San Francisco, CA, June 8, 1926). American bandmaster, cornetist, composer, and arranger of German origin. He emigrated to the USA with his family in 1867, and settled in Cincinnati in 1872. He studied music with his father and Mylius Weigand, and was acclaimed as a prodigy when he first performed a cornet solo in public at the age of 15. A year later he joined the Cincinnati Reed Band, remaining with them until he assumed the post of cornet soloist with the Red Hussar Band at Manhattan Beach, NY, in 1879. He rejoined the Cincinnati Reed Band in 1883. From 1889 to 1891 he was soloist with the Gilmore Band; by this time his reputation equaled that of his contemporaries William Paris Chambers and Jules Levy. He returned once again to Cincinnati, and in 1892 founded the Bellstedt-Ballenger Band, with which he appeared as conductor and comet soloist. In ...