Del Staigers

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Charles Delaware Staigers was an American cornetist. He was born in Muncie, Indiana.[1] In 1919, he played as a soloist with John Philip Sousa's band.[1] In 1926, he joined the Goldman Band and played with them through 1934.[1][2]

He died on July 12, 1950, at age 52 of a heart condition.[1] In the words of Edwin Franko Goldman, Staigers was the "greatest cornetist in the world".[3]


  1. ^ a b c d "DEL STAIGERS, 52, NOTED CORNETIST: Soloist With Goldman Band 1926-34, Dies". The New York Times. 15 July 1950. p. 13.
  2. ^ "FRENCH MUSIC BY GOLDMAN: To Celebrate Bastile Day Tonight -- Last Night's Concert". The New York Times. 14 July 1926. p. 19.
  3. ^ "MALL CONCERTS END; CHEERS FOR GOLDMAN: Throng Presents Band Conductor His Portrait in Gold -- Del Staigers Gets Gold Cornet". The New York Times. 13 Aug 1927. p. 10.