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date: 19 November 2019

Briegel, George F.locked

  • Raoul F. Camus

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(b Scranton, PA, June 5, 1890; d New York, May 12, 1968). American bandmaster and publisher. He began studying the violin at the age of seven, and from 1905 to 1910 served in the United States Military Academy Band at West Point. He joined Shapiro, Bernstein & Company as a staff arranger and soon developed an excellent reputation that brought him work from many other publishers as well. He played with the 22nd (New York) Regiment Band under Victor Herbert, and then became leader (1914–17). He led a United States Navy band during the war, 1917–18. At one time he was leading six different bands in New York: the Fire Department Band (1920–58), Mecca Temple Shrine Band, Brooklyn Elks’ Band, Brooklyn Edison Band, Metropolitan Life Insurance Band and the 22nd Regiment Band, now renumbered the 102nd Engineer Regiment Band (1920–40). He operated his own music publishing and retail business from ...

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