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date: 17 October 2019

Dolan, John locked

  • Michael Ellzey


(b Schuyler Falls, NY, Jan 27, 1875; d Staten Island, NY, Apr 8, 1942). American cornetist. A self-taught musician, Dolan ran away from home at the age of 14 and played the cornet in a circus band. He served in the US Army during the Spanish-American War, reenlisted after the war ended, and played in the band on Governor’s Island. After leaving the army in 1902 and freelancing in New York City, he joined Conway’s band in 1907 as principal cornet and cornet soloist. In 1919 Dolan became Sousa’s principal cornet/soloist and served as assistant conductor for much of his tenure. With the exception of Herbert L. Clarke, his time with Sousa remains the longest of any cornetist. After a disagreement with Sousa, he left the band permanently in 1928 and played with Barrerre’s Little Symphony and several New York City theater ensembles. He also taught in Ithaca, New York. His recordings include three cornet solos with Conway’s band on the Victor and Okeh labels, solos on the Clico and Nassua labels, and ...

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