Innes, Frederick Neil
- Raoul F. Camus
(b London, Oct 29, 1854; d Chicago, Dec 31, 1926). American trombonist and bandmaster of English birth. At 13 he joined the band of the First Life Guards, of which his father was a member, while studying the violin, piano, trombone and harmony. In 1874 he went to Boston, where he played at the Howard Street Theater and in the Boston Cadet Band. In 1876 he performed with Patrick Gilmore at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition, then moved to New York. By the end of 1879 he was a soloist with the Gilmore Band. In 1880 Innes began playing difficult cornet solos on his trombone, and a ‘War of Blasters’ ensued between Innes and the infuriated Jules Levy, ‘The Cornet King’, much to the delight of Gilmore’s audiences at Manhattan Beach. Except for a brief trip to Europe, where he acquired a reputation as a soloist in Hamburg, St Petersburg, Berlin and Paris, Innes remained with the Gilmore Band until ...