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Raoul F. Camus

appeared on the Chautauqua circuit from 1910 to 1916 . While pursuing his band activities, he organized an opera company in 1918 that continued for five years. The Depression brought about a decline in professional bands, and in 1936 he became conductor of the New York City Symphonic Orchestra, formed under the auspices of the WPA. A year later he became bandmaster of the New York State Symphonic Band, also a WPA group. In 1939 he brought grand opera to the Bronx, New York, but had to cancel after two successful performances. He continued to make appearances