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Carl Mader

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Carl Mader (6 April 1885, Munich, Germany – 2 April 1952, Forest Park, Ill.) was a German-American composer and conductor.

Mader studied violin, cornet, and piano in Munich. He came to the United States, settling in Chicago in 1900. He was a member of the Naval Reserve Band in Chicago in 1906, and in 1916 he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a bandsman. Shortly after the beginning of World War I, he was sent to France with the American Expeditionary Force as bandmaster of the 131st Infantry Band.

After the war, he returned to the Chicago area and assumed a prominent role in the music community. In addition to being bandmaster of the Chicago Post Office Band, he also led the Winfield Scott Post Junior Band of Forest Park, Illinois, and the orchestra of the Old Forest Park Theatre. In Forest Park, where he resided, he established a school where piano, violin, and cornet were taught, and where musical instruments and his own music was sold.

Mader's compositions were numerous. His prize-winning piece, Salute to the Twin Cities March, took all honors at the Rock River Valley Music Festival of 1946. In addition to his music, Mader was active in veterans' and fraternal organizations.

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