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:
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Birth and Death Data: Born March 18, 1870, Died May 3, 1931
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1903 - 1935
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, leader, conductor, arranger, piano
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 75 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-368||10-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||A-368||7-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||10-in.||between January and November 1904||Noisy Bill||Columbia Band||Band||composer|
|Columbia||1897||7-in.||ca. 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.||between January and 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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Losey, F. H.," accessed June 9, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109642.
Losey, F. H.. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 9, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109642.
"Losey, F. H.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 9 June 2023.
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LCNAR: Losey, F. H. (Frank Hoyt), 1870-1931 - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/no93019643
Wikidata: Frank H. Losey - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q5487014
MusicBrainz: Frank H. Losey - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/c4f9a92d-5b0b-49ca-894e-d9cfd23aef0f
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