Edward Llewellyn (trumpeter)

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Edward Beach Llewellyn (11 January 1879 in St. Louis, Missouri – 25 September 1936 in Monahans, Texas)[1] was an American trumpeter, cornetist, and composer.[2]

Llewellyn was the son of a trumpeter, coronetist and composer. In 1890, Edward began to study the cornet with his father. He also studied piano, violin, and harmony at Chicago Music College. In 1893, father and son played in the orchestra of the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition Fair. Edward Llewellyn also played in the Chicago Marine Band 1895-1899, later becoming solo trumpet in the band from 1900-1904. He played, again with his father, at the Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, New York in 1901.

After the turn of the century, Llewellyn played cornet and trumpet with Brooke's Band on Catalina Island. On August 26, 1903 Llewellyn caught a record sea bass at Santa Catalina Island. It weighed 425 pounds.

Llewellyn was also a gifted sportsman, wrestler and golfer. In 1907 and 1908 he was the U.S. national champion cyclist. Llewelyn was the principal trumpet player with the Chicago Symphony for 22 years. At the time of his accidental death in Texas, he was personnel manager of the Chicago Symphony.


Edward Llewellyn was the son of Welsh-born trumpeter James D. Llewellyn (1843–1920), who emigrated to the United States in 1855. James had been a featured cornet soloist at the 1893 World's Fair.[3]

Soloist appearances[edit]

  • 1907: Soloist with the British Guards Band at the Manhattan Beach Hotel at Coney Island

Affiliated engaements[edit]

Llewellyn was affiliated with the Frank Holton Company and worked part-time as a salesman for the Chicago branch of the company, where it is said he sold a remarkable number of instruments for the amount of time that he spent doing so.[6]

Selected compositions[edit]

He composed many solos including "My Regards," which he wrote for his own use while with the Chicago Symphony.[7]


Among Llewellyn's many students were Clifford P. Lillya, late professor of cornet and trumpet at the University of Michigan, and Llewellyn's successor in the Chicago Symphony, trumpet manufacturer Renold Schilke.

Athletic activities[edit]

Edward Llewellyn was also a noted cyclist, winning national championships in 1907 and 1908. He was also a wrestler, boxer, and passionate golfer.[3]

  • August 1897: Winner of the 1/3 mile, League of American Wheelmen Annual Amateur Championship, Philadelphia
  • July 30, 1898: Amateur Record, 1 mile

He also was an avid fisherman.[4] In 1903 he caught what was then the world record Sea Bass which weighed in at 425. Picture.


Llewellyn was killed in a car accident in Monahans, Texas, in 1936 when a pipe fell off a truck he was following and crashed through the windshield.


  1. ^ The Cornet Compendium, by Richard I. Schwartz (2000) OCLC 48946532
  2. ^ The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Trumpet Section, 1902–1932, by Tom Crown, International Trumpet Guild Journal, June 2011, pg 38 Archived 2014-05-04 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b Alvin Lowrey, ITG Journal, Vol 8, International Trumpet Guild, 1983, pp.100-101
  4. ^ a b http://islapedia.com/index.php?title=LLEWELLYN,_Edward_Beach
  5. ^ Amy Dunker, An Analysis of Edward Llewellyn's, "The Premier," p.2, retrieved 7/20/2011 Archived 2010-12-04 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ John C. Freund, Edward LLewellyn with Holton & Co., The Music Trades, Volume 54, May 31, 1919, Page 41
  7. ^ The Horn Call volumes 19 & 20, International Horn Society, Google Books result, 1988, p.91