F. H. Losey

Frank Hoyt Losey (March 18, 1870 – 3 May 1931) was an American musician, composer, and arranger of band and orchestra music. He is credited with over 400 compositions and 2,500 arrangements including his most recognized composition, Gloria March.

Losey was born in Rochester, New Jersey and raised in Lawrenceeville. While it has been commonly cited that he was born in 1872 or 1875, his presence as an infant in the 1870 Census shows these references to be incorrect, as well as his correct age of 61 on his death certificate. Frank studied music at an early age, learning to play cornet, violin, and piano. Losey was a cornetist for local and regional bands until he suffered from lip paralysis which forced him to switch to trombone and euphonium and limited him to smaller theater performances.

Starting in 1902, Losey composed and arranged music for Carl Fischer and became editor-in-chief of the Vandersloot Music Publishing Company. In 1919, Thomas Edison selected Losey to be the music adviser for Edison's phonograph company. He was also approached by Henry Ford to arrange music for the Ford Orchestra in Detroit. Losey died in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1931.

The Historic American Sheet Music Project contains nine examples of his work:

  • Call of the wild march and two-step (1904);
  • Parade of the humming birds (1906);
  • Heather bells mazurka (1906);
  • The Seventy-Fourth Regiment Band March (1906);
  • March of the Nile (1907);
  • Loyal knights march (1907);
  • Dance of the nightingales; Barn dance (1908);
  • The Magic Mirror (1910); and,
  • Tangle-foot rag (1910).

Birth and Death Data: Born March 18th, 1870

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1903 - 1935

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, leader, conductor, arranger, piano

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 75 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor A-368 7-in. 8/28/1903 'His Master's Voice' concert polka Sousa's Band Band, with cornet duet composer  
Victor C-368 12-in. 8/28/1903 'His Master's Voice' concert polka Sousa's Band Band, with cornet duet composer  
Victor B-368 10-in. 8/28/1903 'His Master's Voice' concert polka Sousa's Band Band, with cornet duet composer  
Victor B-1783 10-in. 10/18/1904 Waldmere march Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor B-1791 10-in. 10/20/1904 Call of the wild march Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor B-1792 10-in. 10/20/1904 Louisiana Purchase march Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor B-6440 10-in. 9/22/1908 Forest whispers Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor B-8374 10-in. 11/15/1909 Heather bells William H. Reitz Bells solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-9328 10-in. 7/27/1910 An African symphony Victor Dance Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor B-9462 10-in. 9/19/1910 The warrior march Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor C-10867 12-in. 8/8/1911 The right of way march Victor Dance Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor B-14436 10-in. 2/12/1914 Golden lily William H. Reitz Bells solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-20062 10-in. 6/4/1917 Slippery Hank Earl Fuller's Famous Jazz Band Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor B-28573 10-in. 9/19/1923 Forest whispers Arthur Pryor's Band Band, with whistling composer  
Victor BVE-53480 10-in. 7/1/1929 Forest whispers Carson Robison ; Victor Concert Orchestra Orchestra, with bird imitations composer  
Victor BVE-87871 10-in. 2/6/1935 March Lenoir Lenoir High School (N.C.). Band Band composer  
Columbia 1897 7-in. ca. 1904 Noisy Bill Columbia Band Band composer  
Columbia 1897 10-in. ca. Jan.-Nov. 1904 Noisy Bill Columbia Band Band composer  
Columbia 3405 10-in. Jan.-June 1906 Sliding Jim Prince's Military Band Band composer  
Columbia 3622 10-in. Jan.-May 1907 The Golden West march Prince's Military Band Band composer  
Columbia 3783 10-in. ca. 1907-Feb. 1908 Ida and Dot polka Vincent C. Buono ; Frank Chiafferelli ; Prince's Military Band Cornet duet, with band composer  
Columbia 78397 10-in. 4/17/1919 Ida and Dot polka Vincent C. Buono ; Frank Chiafferelli Cornet duet, with band composer  
Columbia W144725 10-in. 9/30/1927 Waldmere Johnnie Sylvester Piano accordion solo composer  
OKeh S-7111 10-in. ca. Dec. 1919 Trumpeter's carnival Conway's Band Band composer  
OKeh S-7414 10-in. May 1920 Windy Willie Conway's Band Band composer  
(Results 1-25 of 75 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Losey, F. H.," accessed October 25, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109642.

Losey, F. H.. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 25, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109642.

"Losey, F. H.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 25 October 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109642

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