Russell Alexander (February 26, 1877 – October 1, 1915) was an entertainer and composer, active primarily with vaudeville shows and musical comedy organizations.
Alexander was born in Nevada, Missouri, and became a euphonium virtuoso who joined the circus band of Belford's Carnival at the age of 18. At 20, he became arranger and euphonium soloist with the Barnum & Bailey Circus Band and toured Europe from 1897 to 1902. Following his tour with Barnum & Bailey, Russell Alexander worked in a novelty musical vaudeville act with his brothers. Although his compositional output was relatively small, he is considered a great composer of marches. He wrote 33 marches, 6 galops, and several overtures, novelties, and other works. For part of his career he worked in acts with his brothers, Newton and Woodruff.
On July 20, 2015, a memorial plaque honoring Alexander was unveiled on the Main Street Stage in Liberty, NY, just a short distance from the Old Town Cemetery in which Alexander is buried. The ceremony included a performance of seven Alexander works, and the event was sponsored by Windjammers, Unlimited.
Birth and Death Data: Born February 26th, 1877, Died October 2nd, 1915
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1914 - 1930
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-15130||10-in.||8/7/1914||The southerner march||Conway's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||C-16311||12-in.||8/3/1915||The southerner march||Conway's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-62430||10-in.||5/25/1930||Colossus of Columbia||Merle Evans ; Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-62434||10-in.||5/25/1930||Circus echoes (Galop)||Merle Evans ; Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Band||Band||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Alexander, Russell," accessed November 27, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109790.
Alexander, Russell. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 27, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109790.
"Alexander, Russell." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 27 November 2021.
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