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We often think of John Philip Sousa as the quintessential American bandmaster, but Sousa stood on the shoulders of a giant—Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore. Sousa considered the immortal Gilmore “The Father of American Bands.” An Irish immigrant, Patrick Gilmore was a brilliant bandmaster who set the stage for Sousa by being the first to effectively organize a touring band, and in doing so brought the great classical works to the heartland of America.

My article, In the Beginning, is a chronicle of Gilmore’s visits to the major cities of the Lehigh Valley—Allentown, South Bethlehem, and Easton.  

In the Beginning

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