William Henry Santelmann
|William Henry Santelmann|
Santelmann circa 1920
|18th Director of the United States Marine Band|
1898 – May 1, 1927
|Preceded by||Francesco Fanciulli|
|Succeeded by||Taylor Branson|
September 23, 1863|
December 17, 1932 (aged 69)|
Chevy Chase, Maryland, United States
He was born on September 23, 1863 in Offensen, Germany. He studied violin and clarinet and at age 15, in 1878 composed his first music. He married Clara Becke (1861–1932) around 1889. One of his sons was William Frederick Santelmann (1902–1984) who would eventually be a director of the United States Marine Band.
He retired on May 1, 1927 and was replaced by Taylor Branson. He was then commissioned a captain in the United States Marine Corps. He died on December 17, 1932 in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
- Jason K. Fettig. "William Henry Santelmann". United States Marine Band. United States Marine Band.
- "Capt. Santelmann, Ex-Band Leader, Dies. Succeeded John Philip Sousa as Head of Marine Band, Holding Post for 29 Years". New York Times. December 19, 1932. Retrieved 2015-03-15.
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