This Day in History: 1891-12-16

Walter M. Smith, American cornetist, at 18 was soloist with the Lyndonville Vermont Band, played the Messiah with the Boston Handel and Haydn Society (1912-1937), principal trumpet in Boston Opera House Orchestra, conducted band at 1915 San Francisco World’s Fair, authored etude book Top Tones, edited a version of Arban’s method for Carl Fischer, director of bands at Boston University, leader of the Aleppo Shrine Band in 1925, had his own radio show, born in East Hampton, Massachusetts.