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Clarence E Hurrell Jr

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Clarence Elmer Hurrell, Jr. (11 September 1912, Johnstown, Penn. – 7 February 1975) was an American composer, publisher and conductor.

Hurrell learned to play the trombone and baritone, and he joined both the Johnstown Reed Band and the Johnstown Austrian Band at the age of 14. He attended the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia in 1931 and 1932. He left Curtis to enlist in the U.S. Army Band in Washington, D.C., leaving in 1942 to become director of the band of the Military District of Washington, stationed at Fort Myer, Virginia. He returned to the U.S. Army Band in 1945-1946 as assistant director.

After his military discharge, Hurrell retired to Johnstown, leading the 40 et 8 Band. In 1951, he became associated with Somerset Music Press. He was an active member of the Pennsylvania Bandmasters Association.


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