Ostling, Acton Eric, Sr.
- Acton Ostling, Jr.
(b Chester, CT, April 13, 1906; d Sarasota, FL, Sept 1, 1993). American educator and composer. While attending the Conway Band School at Ithaca College, Ostling was invited to perform with Patrick Conway’s professional band. In 1927 he went to Endicott, NY, where he began the instrumental music program. He remained there for 36 years, serving as director of the Union-Endicott High School Band, and Supervisor of Music. A trombone and baritone horn player, his Connecticut heritage spawned an interest in New England fife and drum corps, and he became the first to conduct legitimate research into the history of that music. He also organized his high school students into an ancient fife and drum corps in 1938, one of the earliest corps formed outside Connecticut. He became an expert rudimental drummer, and published solos, ensembles, and method books, most notably The Three Rs of Drumming. He became well known for other educational materials based on his teaching. He was a co-author of the ...