W. Paris Chambers  (1854-1913)
Last updated: 17.12.23
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.
url15.gif W. Paris Chambers Biography by wikipedia.org.  
  Title (Release Year) Composer Performers Issue
  Wax Cylinders      
cylinder15.gif Falcon March (1910) W.P. Chambers National Military Band Edison Standard Record: 10331
cylinder15.gif The Old Church Organ (1902) W.P. Chambers Edison Grand Concert Band Edison Gold Moulded Record: 8104
cylinder15.gif Religioso March (1905) W.P. Chambers Edison Concert Band Edison Gold Moulded Record: 8996
cylinder15.gif The Boys of the Old Brigade (1913) W.P. Chambers National Military Band Edison Blue Amberol: 23085
  as Performer      
cylinder15.gif The Last Rose of Summer (1897-1898) T. Moore W.P. Chambers Columbia Phonograph Co.: 3705
cylinder15.gif Schubert's Serenade (1897-1898) F. Schubert W.P. Chambers Columbia Phonograph Co.: 3700
cylinder15.gif The Lost Chord (1897-1898r) A. Sullivan W.P. Chambers Columbia Phonograph Co.: 3701
Brass Sheet Music
The Commodore (Tuba)smp_logo_88_white.gif
Music book.
Arr./Editor: Forrest Buchtel Level: Grade 3.5.
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos Music Company
This list is arranged by composer and contains 3 works performed by William Paris Chambers who is featured on sheet music covers. It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located.
     Title Composer Attribution Remarks
perf15.jpg Last Rose of Summer (n.d.), The T. Moore W. Paris Chambers (perf.)
Marie Rappold (perf.)
perf15.jpg Schubert's Serenade (1897) Franz Schubert W. Paris Chambers (perf.)
Charles D'Almaine (perf.)
perf15.jpg Lost Chord (1877), The Arthur Sullivan Adelaide Anne Procter (words)
Clara Butt (perf.)
W. Paris Chambers (perf.)
Belle Cole (perf.)
Peter Dawson (perf.)
Alma Gluck (perf.)
Allen Hinckley (perf.)
Louise Kirkby Lunn (perf.)
John McCormack (perf.)
Reed Miller (perf.)
Ernest Pike (perf.)
Antoinette Sterling (perf.)
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 23 works by W. Paris Chambers (1854-1913). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: (w&m)
Title Year Attribution Remarks
Posner's Triumphal March 1891
Chicago Tribune 1892
King of Terror 1892
Marche Religioso 1895
Northwind 1895
Hostrauser's 1896
Trombone Section 1896
Detroit Free Press 1897
Commodore Polka 1899
Seraph, The 1899
Boys of the Old Brigade, The 1901 National Military Band (perf.)  audioextmp315.gif
Comrades Return 1902
St. Andrew's March 1902
Sweeney's Cavalcade 1902
Buffalo Bill's Equestrian 1903
Religioso March 1905 Edison Concert Band (perf.)  audioextmp315.gif
Falcon March 1907 National Military Band (perf.)  audioextmp315.gif
Old Church Organ, The (w&m) 1907 Edison Grand Concert Band (perf.)  wvicon.gif audioextmp315.gif
Commodore, The ?
Kry's Favorite ?
Narcissus ?
Nelly Gray with Variations ?
On Dress Parade ?