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 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 26-50 of 75 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick E27270 10-in. 4/4/1928 Feast of the flowers Brunswick Concert Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Edison 1095 10-in. between 6/19/1912 and 6/21/1912 Forest whispers Reed Orchestra [Edison Records] Reed orchestra composer  
Edison 1536 Not documented 1921 Carry me back to old Virginia Losey's Instrumental Quartet Instrumental quartet leader  
Edison 1537 Not documented 1921 Silver threads among the gold Losey Instrumental Quartet Instrumental quartet leader  
Edison 1545 Not documented 1921 Smiling eyes Losey's Orchestra Orchestra leader  
Edison 1546 Not documented 1921 Dance of the brooklet Losey's Orchestra Orchestra leader  
Edison 1577 10-in. 9/11/1922 The magic mirror Ernest L. Stevens Trio Instrumental trio composer  
Edison 2250 10-in. 4/24/1913 Fidelity two-step National Promenade Band Band composer  
Edison 2285 10-in. 5/13/1913 Dream of autumn American Symphony Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Edison 2286 10-in. 5/14/1913 Alita American Symphony Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Edison 2295 10-in. 5/19/1913 Feast of the flowers American Symphony Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Edison 2297 10-in. 5/20/1913 Mary Emerson waltzes American Symphony Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Edison 2301 10-in. 5/22/1913 A rural festival New York Military Band Band composer  
Edison 2451 10-in. 9/11/1913 Vigoroso march New York Military Band Band composer  
Edison 2476 10-in. 10/3/1913 Dance of the Nile maidens Edison Concert Band Band composer  
Edison 2477 10-in. 10/3/1913 The fountain dance Edison Concert Band Band composer  
Edison 2478 10-in. 10/3/1913 Patrol of the guardsmen New York Military Band Band composer  
Edison 2486 10-in. 10/8/1913 Flaming arrow Edison Concert Band Band composer  
Edison 3798 10-in. 5/19/1915 Forest whispers Reed Orchestra [Edison Records] Reed orchestra composer  
Edison 4206 10-in. 10/19/1915 Dancing with ma honey Charles Daab Xylophone solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 5616 10-in. 6/12/1917 Invincible America march New York Military Band Band composer  
Edison 5856 10-in. 10/23/1917 The vampire Sodero's Band Band composer  
Edison 5861 10-in. 10/30/1917 Love's message Sodero's Band Band composer  
Edison 6110 10-in. March 1918 The ambassador polka Bohumir Kryl Cornet solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 6114 10-in. Apr. 1918 Trumpeter's carnival New York Military Band Band composer  
(Results 26-50 of 75 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Losey, F. H.," accessed July 18, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109642.

Losey, F. H.. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 18, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109642.

"Losey, F. H.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 18 July 2024.

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