S Edward Chenette

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S. Edward (Ed) Chenette (17 August 1885, London, Ken. – 10 September 1963, Bartow, Fla.) was an American composer, author, adjudicator and conductor.

Chenette studied with A.F. Weldon and was appointed band director at the Iowa Industrial School. Later, he taught music at Iowa State College. In 1916, he left Iowa State to direct a band in Ames, Iowa. While playing some Chautauqua dates in Canada, the entire band with which he was playing enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces and was assigned to the 11th O.S. Battalion. There were four Chenette boys in this band, which spent the years 1916-1918 in England.

After returning to America in 1919, Ed Chenette played the Lincoln Chautauqua circuit, and in 1920 he became leader of the Eveleth (Minnesota) Municipal Band. He received degrees from Highland Park Conservatory (Des Moines, Iowa) and Bush Temple Conservatory (Chicago, Illinois). He directed high school bands in several Midwestern states before retiring to Florida.

Chenette is remembered for his well-written elementary band books, numerous band festival and concert arrangements, and great number of band and solo compositions.

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