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John N. Klohr and “The Billboard March”


John Nicholas Klohr (July 27, 1869 – February 17, 1956) was an American composer of band music. Klohr was born on July 27, 1869, in Cincinnati, Ohio. A graduate of the Cincinnati public schools, Klohr set upon a career in music, especially vaudeville. He was a vaudeville trombonist by trade, but also performed as a member of Cincinnati’s musical life. He played in the Syrian Temple Shrine Band, led by fellow composer Henry Fillmore. His most famous march, “The Billboard March,” is a circus march written in 1901, and dedicated to the Billboard music-industry magazine. Its tune is widely known among Americans, and it has been repeatedly used in mass media, even though its title is little known.

From 1921 to 1926, Klohr was a trombonist in Henry Fillmore’s concert band. He was a member of the Syrian Temple for over fifty years, as well as a member of the Knights of Pythias and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Klohr was also an early member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers and worked as editor of the band and orchestra department of the John Church Company, a music publisher in Cincinnati. Klohr died of a heart attack on February 17, 1956, in Cincinnati, and his remains were buried at St. Joseph Cemetery in Cincinnati.

The following work by John N. Klohr is contained in my collection:

The Billboard March.


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