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band leader.

Charles Benter, American band leader.


Benter, Charles was born on April 29, 1887 in New York City. Son of Sigmund and Sarah (Hirsch) Benter.


Educational public schools, New York City. Honorary Doctor of Music from Columbus University, 1929.


1 daughter, Anna Martha. Enlisted as apprentice boy musician in the United States Navy, March 20, 1905. Made bandmaster at 19.

Organized Navy Band, 1919, and since its leader. Went to Alaska with President Harding, 1923. Promoted to Lieutenant United States Navy, March 1925, commissioned Lieutenant United States Navy by Act of Congress, 1935 (1st musician to attain officer’s rank in music branch of the Navy).

Founder, officer in charge United States Navy School of Music. Retired January 1, 1942, after 37 years service. Appointed director Metropolitan Police Department Band, 1943.

Various decoration for services in Cuba, Vera Cruz, World War, and for “good conduct.”.


  • Other Work

    • Composer: (fantasia) A Day Aboard an American Man of War, November 11, 1918, United States Navy Patrol. (marches) Irresistible, Lure of Alaska, Major Denby, Washington Times, Light Cruisers, Our Navy, Class of 91, United States.N.A., Shenandoah National Park, All Hands, A Great American, The Submarine Force, Comairons, Navy Blue, Chief of Naval Operations, Amarillo, Commander Battle Force. (potpourri) Bits of Hits of Other Days.

      (humoresque) Strike up the Band, Here Comes a Sailor. (Habanera) Querida Mia, etc. Compiled, Lieutenant Charles Benter’s Book of National Airs.

      Decorated Order of St. Sava, 4th class (Jugo-Slavia).


Clubs: National Press.


Married Anna Matilda Benter, June 16, 1916.

Sigmund Benter

Sarah (Hirsch) Benter

Anna Matilda Benter