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Charles E. Duble and his march Bravura


Charles Edward Duble (September 13, 1884– August 1960) was an American trombonist, band musician, and composer.  Born at Jeffersonville, IN, on September 13, 1884, he played for 23 years in circus bands. His career started as trombonist with Sun Bros. Circus in 1909, and he played in others such as Gentry Bros. Dog and Pony Show, H. W. Campbell’s United Shows, John Robinson’s Big Ten Shows, Barnum and Bailey’s Greatest Show on Earth (for which he composed the Barnum and Bailey Royal Pageant march in 1917), Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus, Sells-Floto Circus, Sparks, Robbins Brothers, the Miller Brothers 101 Ranch Wild West Show, Russell Bros. Circus, Downie Bros., and finally under the baton of Merle Evans, with Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus.  His most famous march was Bravura, composed in 1918 and still in the standard repertoire of bands throughout the U. S.

In addition to marches, including Battle of the Winds, Wizard of the West, Under White Tents, and Ringling Bros. Grand Entrée, he also wrote some waltzes and other characteristic pieces, and his music appears regularly on circus theme concerts..  Duble was a tall, lanky trombone player with a notable sense of humor. After touring with traveling circuses, minstrel shows, and vaudeville shows until well into the 1930s, he left the sawdust trail to return to Jeffersonville.  Retiring from the road, he became a prolific writer and important historian of traveling shows. He wrote columns and corresponded with hundreds of musicians until his death at Jeffersonville on August 1, 1960, at 75 years old. He was elected to the Windjammers Circus Musicians’ Hall of Fame in 1980.

My collection includes the following work by Charles E. Duble:


—material selected, adapted, and edited from several different sources


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