The Great Creatore
(Guiseppe Creatore)

The Great Creatore was a well-known and flamboyant band leader during the first half of the 20th century. A contemporary of John Phillip Sousa’s, Creatore attracted large audiences wherever he played across the United States and Canada. See for a detailed biography.

Fans of Meredith Wilson’s brilliant musical, “The Music Man,” will recognize Creatore from the song “Seventy-Six Trombones”:

“And you’ll see the glitter of crashing cymbals
and you’ll hear the thunder of rolling drums
and the shimmer of trumpets.
And you’ll feel something akin to the electric thrill
I once enjoyed when Gilmore, Pat Conway,
The Great Creatore, W.C. Handy and John Philip Sousa
all came to town on the very same historic day!

“Seventy six trombones led the big parade
With a hundred and ten cornets close at hand.
They were followed by rows and rows of the finest virtuosos,
the cream of ev’ry famous band.”

The Recordings

Schubert's Serenade

 record label Group: The Great Creatore
Label: Paramount Matrix Number: Paramount (50041)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: 1921


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