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Cummings, Michael


Biographical Note

Patrick Sarsfield (P.S.) Gilmore was born in County Galway, Ireland, on December 25, 1829, and later became known as the "Father of the American Concert Band." Gilmore organized and staged two music festivals in Boston, Massachusetts: the National Peace Jubilee (1869) and the World's Peace Jubilee (1872). He conducted bands and integrated woodwinds into what had traditionally been brass bands. He led the New York Twenty-seventh Regiment Band for almost 20 years. Gilmore also authored several pieces of music and poems, including "When Johnny Comes Marching Home." Gilmore died unexpectedly in St. Louis, Missouri, on September 24, 1892.

Michael Cummings founded the Patrick S. Gilmore Society in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1969.

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Michael Cummings collection of P.S. Gilmore


The Michael Cummings Collection of P.S. Gilmore documents the music career of Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore, American band conductor and composer, and the activities of the Patrick S. Gilmore Society. The collection particularly highlights the National Peace Jubilee of 1869 and the World's Peace Jubilee of 1872, with programs, lithographs, tickets, medals and bookmarks. The collection also includes correspondence, photographs, and newspaper and magazine articles.

Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research. The wax cylinder is not accessible, and access to the remaining audio and video recordings requires advance notice.

Dates: 1850 - 2004