Patrick Conway

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Patrick Conway


Patrick (Pat or Patsy) Conway (4 July 1867, Troy, N.Y. – 11 June 1929) was an American cornetist, conductor and composer.

Conway became an accomplished cornetist at an early age. He led the Cortland and Ithaca (New York) Bands, and for thirteen years he also directed the Cornell University Band.

In 1908, he organized the new Ithaca Band, which later became known as Conway’s Band. This band was in demand for engagements throughout the United States and performed in practically every major music and amusement center. Conway’s Band was one of the most-recorded American bands. Recent research by discographer Frederick P. Williams revealed that the band had recorded over 300 selections on various labels.

Conway also served as band instructor at Camp MacArthur, Texas, during World War I. In 1922, he founded the Conway Band School, which was part of the Ithaca Conservatory of Music. A highlight of each school year was the series of concerts given by the school of music concert band under Conway’s direction.

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