This Day in History: 1947-02-08

Ernest Williams, American cornetist, trumpeter and composer, soloist with his family’s “orchestra” from an early age, member, then later conductor of the 158th Indiana Volunteer Regiment Band (and other bands during the Spanish-American War), student of his father, Gustave Strube, Paris Chambers and Herbert L. Clarke, soloist with Patrick Gilmore’s band (only 7 days), soloist with Sousa’s band on tour in England, bandmaster of the Boston Cadet Band (and soloist), publisher, married to Katherine Rankin (with whom he played cornet duets), principal trumpet of the Ballet Russe Orchestra, Victor Herbert’s orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra, soloist with the Victor Phonograph Company, founder of the Ernest Williams School of Music in the Catskill Mountains, died Saugerties, New York.