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That's Got 'Em!The Life and Music of Wilbur C. Sweatman$
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Mark Berresford

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604730999

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604730999.001.0001

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Circus and Minstrelsy

Circus and Minstrelsy

Touring Life with Cornet Kings P. G. Lowery and W. C. Handy

(p.27) Chapter 4 Circus and Minstrelsy
That's Got 'Em!

Mark Berresford

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter focuses on Sweatman’s career from 1902 to 1903. In 1902, Sweatman joined Perry George Lowery’s Concert Band as orchestra leader and violinist, as well as clarinet player in the larger concert band. At the end of the 1902 season, Sweatman, along with cornetist and assistant bandmaster Jeff Smith, handed in his notice and left the Lowery band to join the legendary Mahara’s Minstrels troupe. Upon his departure from Mahara’s Minstrels, Sweatman was replaced by Horace George, who, due to the demands of his employers and audiences alike, also took up the trick of playing two and, eventually three, clarinets at once. This led to a long and bitter feud between Sweatman and George over who was the originator of the three-clarinet trick.

Keywords:   Wilbur C. Sweatman, African American musicians, Perry George Lowery, Concert Band, Mahara’s Minstrels, Horace George

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