Packay, Peter [Paquet, Pierre ]
- Robert Pernet
[Paquet, Pierre ]
(b Brussels, Aug 8, 1904; d Westende, Belgium, Dec 26, 1965). Belgian trumpeter, composer, and arranger. With his family he moved at an early age to China, where he first studied music. He returned in 1912 to Brussels, and despite an accident that left him without the use of one arm took up trumpet in 1924. In the following years he was a member of the Varsity Ramblers and, with David Bee, of the group Bistrouille ADO, as a member of which he wrote such compositions as Alabama Mamma, The Blue Duke, and Dixie Melody; the last named was recorded by the band in 1930 (Col. DF319). After Bee’s departure from the group early in 1927 Packay became its leader and devoted greater attention to composition. With several members of Bistrouille ADO he later formed a band called Packay’s Swing Academy, which accompanied Coleman Hawkins in Brussels; he also wrote arrangements for the American bandleader Billy Arnold. Packay recorded his piece ...