Music Box Rag


Music Box Rag

and Other Rags, Cakewalks & Marches from the Dawn of the 20th Century

The Heftone Banjo Orchestra

Brian Thomas Hefferan, Conductor and Principal Banjoist


The Music

This Compact Disc is available for sale at Elderly Instruments
and at the Ukulele Hall of Fame Museum Catalog.

Peaceful Henry

composed by E. H. Kelly in 1901. My version is based on a 1902 recording of Vess Ossman, who was was an oft-recorded 5-string banjo virtuoso.
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Guatemala - Panama March

From a 1916 Hurtado Bros. Royal Marimba Band recording, which is the most beautiful record I think I've ever heard.
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Persian Lamb Rag
by Percy Wenrich, who wrote many hit songs in his day. From a 1908 recording by Vess Ossman.
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Music Box Rag
- from a wonderful 1914 recording of the Victor Military Band.
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Whistling Rufus
Vess Ossman and other banjoists recorded this number many times. This version was inspired by an
Ossman recording of 1899.
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St. Louis Tickle
Credited to Barney & Seymore. This lovely piece was a hit in 1904. Ossman recorded several good versions.
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Dill Pickles
from a 1908 recording of the Zon-o-phone Orchestra. I've heard several other good versions from the period, all using pretty much the same arrangement, all snappy.
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Maple Leaf Rag
Scott Joplin's celebrated piece was widely recorded. This version is inspired by recordings of the United States Marine Band (1907) and by Vess Ossman (1909).
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Down Home Rag
by Wilber Sweatman. Jame Reese Europe's Society Orchestra, the house band for Vern and Irene Castle's Castle House in New York City, recorded a ferociously good version on a "long-playing" 12-inch 78rpm Victor record in 1914. It's a wild number for dancing.
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Eli Green's Cakewalk
by Sadie Kominsky. A popular hit in 1897. This version is from a Cullens and Collins recording of 1898.
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Semper Fidelis
A famous Sousa march. I remember when I was a child my mother would put on a record of Sousa marches when we had housework to do. It made the work fun. This one's for mom.
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Policy King
From a 1919 recording of banjo ace Fred Van Eps, who recorded it with a full concert band.
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copyright 2004 Brian Hefferan

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