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Paul Lavalle Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

PAUL LAVALLE
Born: September 06, 1908 in Beacon, New York
Died: June 24, 1997 in Harrisonburg, Virginia
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Paul Lavalle, born on September 6, 1908, in Beacon, New York, was a prominent American conductor and clarinetist known for his significant contributions to both classical music and radio broadcasting.

Lavalle studied at the Juilliard School and began his professional career in the 1930s. He played the clarinet in the original NBC Symphony Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini, gaining recognition for his instrumental talent. In 1940, Lavalle established himself as a prominent radio conductor when he began serving as the music director for NBC's "Carnegie Hall". He also served as the music director for the radio program "Band of America," further consolidating his reputation. Perhaps his most notable achievement was his appointment in 1955 as the musical director of the Cities Service Band of America, which became known as the "Paul Lavalle's Band of America". Under his leadership, the band achieved great popularity, making numerous records and regularly touring the United States.

In addition to his conducting career, Lavalle was a productive composer and arranger. He composed various works for wind band and was known for his innovative arrangements of traditional tunes, contributing to the development of a uniquely American band sound.
Lavalle's influence extended to the television industry as well. He was the musical director for several television series in the 1950s and 1960s, including the popular "The Bell Telephone Hour". Beyond his professional accomplishments, Lavalle was known for his commitment to music education. He authored a series of method books for wind and percussion instruments that have been widely used in music education.
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