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date: 26 February 2020

Hall, Robert Brownelocked

  • Raoul F. Camus

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(b Bowdoinham, ME, June 30, 1858; d Portland, ME, June 8, 1907). American cornetist, bandmaster, and composer. He came from a musical family and studied cornet at an early age. When he was 16 his family moved to Richmond, Maine. At 19 he was solo cornetist with a summer band at Old Orchard Beach, Maine, and at 20 he played with J.T. Baldwin’s First Corps of Cadets Band of Boston, alternating as cornet soloist with Alessandro Liberati. In 1882 he became director of the Bangor (Maine) Band. He also led a number of other bands for brief periods, among them that of the Tenth Regiment NY National Guard at Albany, and Chandler’s Military Band of Portland, Maine. Around 1890 he moved to Waterville, Maine, to direct the Waterville Military Band (also known as Hall’s Military Band). As a cornet soloist, Hall was rated one of the finest in the Northeast. He wrote 112 compositions, of which the best-known are the marches ...

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