U.S. Marine Band: William Santelmann


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William F. Santelmann USMC (Ret.), was twenty-first leader and director of The "President's Own" United States Marine Band, serving from 1940 to 1955. His musical training began at age six with his father, then-Director of the Marine Band Captain William H. Santelmann. Following the 1940 retirement of Capt. Taylor Branson, he became director of the band, and for the next fifteen years served in that role, a period of time that included the very trying times of WWII. Tracks include, The Queen of Sheba Grand March, Festival Coronation March, Grand March from TannhauserProcession of the Nobles from Mlada, Semper Fidelis, and more.

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