This Day in History: 1883-05-23

Matthew Arbuckle, British-born American cornetist, deserted British army as musician, moved to the US, volunteered as Civil War musician with the 24th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment Band, later a member of the Boston Brigade Band, noted for musical (non-technical) repertoire choices, soloist with Gilmore’s New York 22nd Regimental Band (along with Levy, Emerson and Liberati), rival with Levy that resulted in fistfight, resigned from Gilmore and joined Downing’s Band in Brighton Beach, organized own band in 1883, died in New York, New York.

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