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

= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 51-75 of 75 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Edison 6423 10-in. between 10/10/1918 and 10/23/1918 La dance des sorcières Sodero's Band Band composer  
Edison 6949 10-in. 9/30/1919 Windy Willie New York Military Band Band composer  
Edison 7927 10-in. 4/20/1921 Valse caprice Losey's Orchestra Orchestra conductor, composer  
Edison 7928 10-in. 4/20/1921 Fairyland caprice Losey's Orchestra Orchestra composer, conductor  
Edison 7959 10-in. 5/4/1921 Fragrant rose Losey's Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Edison 7960 10-in. 5/4/1921 La grace Losey's Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Edison 7999 10-in. 5/18/1921 Massa's in de cold, cold ground Losey Instrumental Quartet Instrumental quartet leader  
Edison 8043 10-in. 6/2/1921 Ever dear Losey Instrumental Quartet Instrumental quartet leader  
Edison 8044 10-in. 6/3/1921 Come where my love lies dreaming Losey Instrumental Quartet Instrumental quartet leader  
Edison 8067 10-in. 6/15/1921 Forgotten Losey Instrumental Quartet Instrumental quartet leader  
Edison 8068 10-in. 6/15/1921 Afterwards Losey Instrumental Quartet Instrumental quartet leader  
Edison 8108 10-in. 7/1/1921 Answer Losey Instrumental Quartet Instrumental quartet leader  
Edison 8109 10-in. 7/1/1921 A dream Losey Instrumental Quartet Instrumental quartet composer  
Edison 8615 10-in. 10/5/1922 The 74th Regiment Band march United States Marine Band Band composer  
Edison 8828 10-in. 1/25/1923 Dance of the nightingales Imperial Marimba Band Marimba band composer  
Edison 9103 10-in. 7/28/1923 Heather bells John F. Burckhardt Bells solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 10022 10-in. 5/1/1924 Kathleen Mavourneen Venetian Instrumental Quartet Instrumental quartet arranger  
Edison 10097 10-in. 1/29/1926 A scene in the ball room Venetian Orchestra Instrumental quartet arranger, leader  
Edison 11067 10-in. 6/24/1926 Tales from the Vienna Woods Losey's Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Edison 11068 10-in. 6/24/1926 Tales from the Vienna Woods Losey's Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Edison 11069 10-in. 6/24/1926 Tales from the Vienna Woods Losey's Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Edison 11084 10-in. 7/2/1926 Sonata pathetique Losey's Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Edison 11085 10-in. 7/2/1926 Sonata pathetique Losey's Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Edison [EXP-no number] 10-in. 1/25/1926 Experimental disc recording F. H. Losey Experimental recording or dubbing instrumentalist, piano  
Gramophone y 22118 10-in. 1920 Ida and Dot St. Hilda's Band Cornet duet, with band composer  
(Results 51-75 of 75 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Losey, F. H.," accessed July 13, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109642.

Losey, F. H.. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 13, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109642.

"Losey, F. H.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 13 July 2024.

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