G. E. Holmes

Guy Earl Holmes (February 14, 1873 – February 10, 1945) was an American musician and composer. He was born in Baraboo, Wisconsin, and contributed much to the circus band repertoire. He spent 20 years on the faculty of VanderCook College of Music, and wrote over 200 marches and overtures, among other works. He toured for over a decade with the Smith-Spring-Holmes Orchestral Quintet, with his wife Lotus Flower Spring (a cellist), her sister Coyla May Spring (a pianist and dramatic reader), and Coyla's musician husband Clay Smith, plus a violinist (several women filled that place over the years).

He was featured on Volume 46 of the Heritage of the March recording series, and the Circus World Museum has a substantial collection of his work.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 14th, 1873, Died February 10th, 1945

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1916 - 1918

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, arranger


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-17896 10-in. 6/19/1916 Rigoletto quartet Six Brown Brothers Saxophone sextet arranger  
Victor B-21945 10-in. 6/4/1918 Minstrel days march Six Brown Brothers Saxophone sextet composer  
Victor B-21955 10-in. 6/5/1918 The courtier march Six Brown Brothers Saxophone sextet composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Holmes, G. E.," accessed July 30, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109655.

Holmes, G. E.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 30, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109655.

"Holmes, G. E.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 30 July 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109655


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