Charles Sanglear

From Wind Repertory Project


Charles Sanglear (7 January 1881 – 5 August 1915, Browns Mills, N.J.) was an American euphoniumist and composer.

Much of his knowledge of music was obtained from other musicians in various circus bands. Around the turn of the last century Sanglear toured with bands of the B. E. Wallace Show (1898), conducted by Chester Z. Bronson, the John Robinson Circus, and the Carl Hagenbeck Show. During the 1904 season he and Fred Jewell were the euphonium players in the Ringling Brothers Circus Band, and other musicians were amazed by their precision and technical ability. Along with Karl King, Noble Howard, John Kulti, Fred Jewell, John Horalc, and Russell Alexander, Merle Evans rates Charles Sanglear as one of the best of all the circus euphonium players. From 1908 to 1910 he was euphonium soloist with the Kilties Band of Canada for a world tour. Described as “the greatest Scottish band in the world, and the pride of all Canada.”

Sanglear then moved to the Philadelphia area where he was considered a “prominent euphonium soloist and composer.” While in that city he conducted the Wanamaker Band and dedicated one of his marches to the Meadowbrook Club (1915), a private athletic exercise association for employees of John Wanamaker’s famous department store. A victim of tuberculosis, he was only 34 years of age when he died in 1915. Music was provided by the Wanamaker Band for the graveside services at Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania.

Sanglear composed at least 26 marches (published between 1900 and 1915), several waltzes and other dances, and a caprice. Many of his arrangements or original works were written for the bands in which he played—their difficulty is a compliment to the technical ability of the better circus musicians of his time.

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