This Day in History: 1999-12-01

Leona May Smith, American cornetist and trumpeter, soloed in Edwin Franko Goldman’s band at 11, played in the Boston Women’s Symph Orch, Fred Waring’s dance orch, Phil Spitalney’s All-Girl Orch, played at Radio City Music Hall, featured soloist in many groups, principal trumpet of the Brooklyn Symph Orch, substitute with the Met Opera (after 1953), died in Providence, Rhode Island.