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teacher , composer , conductor.

Ernest S. Williams, American teacher, composer, conductor. Served as bandmaster United States Army, 1898-1900.


Williams, Ernest S. was born on September 27, 1881 in Wayne Company, Indiana, United States. Son of Samuel E. and Ella (Hough) Williams.


Trained by father; student under music teachers New York City and Boston, Massachusetts, 1900-1907. Doctor of Music, Capitol College of Music, 1937.


Toured with bands Sousa, 1903. Pryor, 1915; Conway, 1916. Goldman, 1917-1923, world tour, 1912-1913.

Bandmaster Boston (Massachusetts) Cadet Band, 1904-1907. Director own band Lakeside Park, Denver, Colorado, 1911. Cond. Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra, 1929-1930.

Bandmaster Kismet Temple, 1920. 1st trumpet Philadelphia Orchestra under Stokowski, Victor Herbert, Richard Straus, George Enesco, Vincent D’Indy, Ossip Gabrilowitsch, 1917-1923. Director Ernest Williams School of Music, since 1922, teaching many noted artists.

Director symphonic band, New York University, 1935-1945. Teacher trumpet, Juilliard School of Music, 1936-1945. Conductor Catskill Mountain Symphony Orchestra, summers since 1930.

Director Ernest Williams Music Camp. Saugerties, New York, summers since 1930.


  • Other Work

    • Composer: Symphony in C Minor for symphonic band (public 1938). Revolutionary Fantasy (public 1940). America-tone poem for band and orchestra with chorus (public 1941).

      Rip Van Winkle, Opera (not public). Method for Cornet and Trumpet (public 1936). Transposition Method for Trumpet (public 1938).

      Composer numerous tone poems, marches, solos, duets, trios, concertos for trumpet, cornet.


Served as bandmaster United States Army, 1898-1900.


Married Gladys A. Rice, July 8, 1944.

Samuel E. Williams

Ella (Hough) Williams

Gladys A. Rice