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COLONEL WILLIAM F. SANTELMANN - INSCRIBED SIGNATURE 08/25/1954 - HFSID 224319

FRANK SANTELMANN Card signed and dated by the US Marine Corps Band leader one year before his retirement Inscribed Signature: "With best wishes to/Dave Stephens/from/Lt. Col. William F. Santelmann/Leader U. S. Marine Band/August 25, 1954", 3¼x5½ with 2x3 magazine photo.

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FRANK SANTELMANN
Card signed and dated by the US Marine Corps Band leader one year before his retirement
Inscribed Signature: "With best wishes to/Dave Stephens/from/Lt. Col. William F. Santelmann/Leader U. S. Marine Band/August 25, 1954", 3¼x5½ with 2x3 magazine photo. This card was signed one year before Santelmann's retirement. Santelmann (1902-1984) had two unsuccessful tryouts with the Marine Corps Band before its demanding leader, his father William Frederic Santelmann, allowed him to join in 1923. The younger Santelmann followed in his father's footsteps by becoming the Band's Director in 1940, retaining the post until his retirement in 1955. Santelmann was promoted to Major in 1947 and to Lieutenant Colonel in 1951, so this AQS must date from the intervening 4-year period. After the latter promotion, Santelmann was known affectionately to band members as "Colonel Bill." Santelmann remained active after his "retirement." In fact, he died immediately after his last conducting performance with the Marine Corps Band at a gathering of the American Bandmasters Association in Tempe, Arizona. His father, born in Germany, had led the band through World War I, even though he drew some criticism for including German martial music in the Band's performance at the White House in 1914. The Santelmanns, father and son, are buried with their wives in Arlington National Cemetery. The US Marine Corps Band is America's oldest professional music organization, established by Act of Congress in 1798. It performed its first concert in the unfinished White House for President John Adams on New Year's Day, 1801. The primary mission of the original Marine Band is to perform for the President. Marine bands are also attached to USMC field commands. Marine field musicians must undergo the same rigorous training as every Marine recruit. "Sempre Fidelis", inspired by the Marine Corps motto ("Always Faithful"), was written by John Philip Sousa, leader of the Marine Band from 1880 to 1892. Lightly toned, otherwise, fine condition.

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