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A fine marching band recording from 1901 of the Pilgrim's Chorus from Tannhauser played by Gilmore's Band.

Pilgrim's Chorus from Tannhauser
Company Columbia Phonograph Company
Cylinder # 1515 G (5-inch "grand" cylinder)
Category Band
Title Pilgrim's Chorus from Tannhauser
Performed by Gilmore's Band
Circa 1901
Announcement "Pilgrim Chorus from Tannhauser, played by Gilmore's Band.  Columbia record."
Patrick S. Gilmore (photo, U.S. Phonograph Co. catalog, March 1, 1894)

Enjoy this fine early 20th Century recording by Gilmore's Band recorded on a 5-inch diameter brown wax Columbia Phonograph Company "grand" cylinder.

Patrick Gilmore, the "father of the American band", was the best known and most popular bandleader of the late 19th Century until Sousa.   His early band recordings were a fixture in most early phonograph company catalogs – to such an extent that his band carried on performing and recording for many years after his death in 1892.   In fact, it is often difficult to find good-condition Gilmore recordings as most have been worn down from repeated play over the many years.

The thunks and faint chatter prior to (and sometimes during!) the announcement are common features of many brown wax cylinder recordings.

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