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Charles A. Zimmerman

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Charles A. Zimmerman


Charles A. Zimmermann (22 July 1861 – 16 January 1916) was an American composer of marches and popular music.

A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, he was appointed bandmaster at the United States Naval Academy in 1887 at the age of 26. He served as the Academy's bandmaster until his death from a brain hemorrhage in 1916. He is buried at the Naval Academy cemetery.

Zimmermann composed his most famous march, Anchors Aweigh, in 1906 when he was a lieutenant in the United States Navy. He also composed numerous songs for the 1902 stage play The Wizard of Oz.

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