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Charles Wesley Parker (1878, Baton Rouge, La. – 1946, Houston, Tx.) was an American composer and educator.
Parker played cornet with the Marlin (Texas) Municipal Band while still in high school. He attended the Busch Temple of Music and the Chicago Conservatory of Music, studying with Alfred Weldon. In 1903, he joined the faculty of Baylor University and directed the band there. Under his tutelage, the Baylor band grew from ten members in 1903 to 40 in 1906. He gave up conducting and began a career demonstrating and selling instruments in the 1920s.
While it has been reported that Parker wrote numerous band works, the only one published was American Legion March.
Works for Winds
- American Legion March (1920)
- American Legion March (arr. Glover) (1920/2017)
- The Home-Comers March (ca. 1909)
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Charles Parker." Accessed 12 May 2018
- Smith, Norman E. (1986). March Music Notes. Lake Charles, La.: Program Note Press, pp. 326-7.