Hale A. VanderCook
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Hale Ascher VanderCook (September 3, 1864 – October 16, 1949) was a composer, conductor, and cornetist best known for his marches and brass solos. He was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and began composing at the age of sixteen. He conducted circus and theater bands for much of the 1890s and studied extensively with bandmaster Alfred F. Weldon. He founded VanderCook College of Music in 1909. VanderCook died in Allegan, Michigan on October 16, 1949. Three volumes of the Heritage of the March series are dedicated to his work.