- Raoul F. Camus
(b Frascati, Italy, 7 July /Aug 24, 1847; d New York, Nov 6, 1927). American cornetist, bandmaster, and composer of Italian origin. He began studying cornet with his father when he was 12, and first performed in public at the age of 14. In 1864 he joined the Papal Army as cornetist, and in 1866 Garibaldi’s army as chief bugler and cornet soloist. He came to the USA in 1872, but found employment in Canada as director of the Governor General’s Foot Guards Band in Ottawa. He returned to the USA in 1876 and became director of the Michigan National Guard’s Light Guard Band in Detroit. In 1879 he joined Gilmore’s band, and soon alternated as cornet soloist with Jules Levy. He then left Gilmore to appear as soloist with Dodworth’s New York band and Baldwin’s Band of Boston. He also led the band of the 71st Regiment in New York, and from ...