Silas Early (or Erly) Hummel (1861-1931) was an American musician and composer. Hummel was born in 1861, perhaps in Pennsylvania, the son of David Joseph Hummel (1829-1911) and his wife Ann Catherine nee Zinn (1832-1918). Very little is known about his life. In 1917, as S.E. Hummel he published the National Spirit March for band. Musical America, Volume 24 (June 24, 1916), has the following reference in an article entitled “Philadelphia’s New Chorus Wins Favor”: “The plaza concerts started last Monday evening with a crowd of listeners estimated at something like 10,000, Silas Hummel conducting his capable musicians in a well-played program, which included a new patriotic march, ‘The National Spirit,’ composed by Mr. Hummel, as one of the most popular features.” He died in 1931 and is buried at Hillside Cemetery in Roslyn, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
The following work by Silas E. Hummel is contained in my collection:
National Spirit March.