According to the Internet source given below, William Paris Chambers was an American composer, cornet soloist, and bandmaster.
He was born in Newport, Pennsylvania but spent most of his early years in Newville, Pennsylvania. At the age of eighteen he was conducting the Keystone Cornet Band. At the age of twenty-five, he conducted the Capital City Band of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He was also given credit for bringing the Chambersburg and Martinsburg bands into statewide fame.
He is known to have written several cornet solos and some ninety marches. His most widely known works include The Boys of the Old Brigade
(unrelated to the Irish republican song of the same name) and Chicago Tribune
, both marches. His compositions have been called some of the finest and most difficult works in the American march repertoire.
His works were published by John Church Jr. Company
, Harry Coleman
, Carl Fischer Music Publisher
, J. W. Pepper
, R. F. Seitz
, Southern Music Company
, E. F. Kalmus, and Wingert-Jones Music.
Chambers was the earliest artist to record the cornet on disc, for Berliner. He performed on Edison and Berliner records (in the 1890s) and on Zonophone (in 1901). Several of his works were performed on Victor records.
W. Paris Chambers died in Newville in 1913 and is buried in the Newville Cemetery.
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