- Raoul F. Camus
(b nr Troy, NY, July 4, 1867; d Ithaca, NY, June 10, 1929). American conductor, bandmaster, and educator. His father died when he was 15, leaving him to support his mother and four siblings. He went to work in a carriage factory, and studied cornet with Charles Bates, one of his coworkers. He joined the Homer (New York) Band led by Bates; his progress was such that he became director of the band while still in his teens. He attended the Ithaca Conservatory of Music and Cornell University; to support himself, he played in a country dance group. He moved to Cortland, New York, in 1893, but returned to Ithaca two years later, where he directed the Cornell University Cadet Band until 1908. He also organized a municipal band in Ithaca, which gave summer concerts; during the winter he conducted the Lyceum Theater orchestra. His leadership of the two ensembles enabled him to offer year round employment to his players, and as a result his groups attracted musicians of a high caliber. He formed a professional band (known, from ...