Henry Fillmore


Induction: February 2, 1980

Famous composer of band music, especially marches and trombone novelties.  Director of Fillmore’s Band in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Considered by many band historians to be the most colorful bandmaster of all time because of his manner and approach to an audience.  Fillmore Hall, the band building at the University of Miami, is named in his honor.  Was a well-known radio personality.  Past President of the American Bandmasters Association.

Quick Facts:

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio

Eldest of 5 children

In his youth, mastered the piano, guitar, violin, flute, slide trombone (which he played in secret)

Began composing music at the age of 18 with his first published march “Higham”

After entering the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 1901, he traveled around the United States as a circus bandmaster

Married Mabel May Jones, an exotic dancer, in St. Louis, Missouri

Directed the Shriners Temple Band in the 1920’s

After retiring to Miami, Florida, he still rehearsed and organized high school bands in Florida.

Wrote his final piece “President’s March” at the University of Miami in a rehearsal hall named in his honor

Has written and arranged over 250 tunes.  Has also published songs under various pseudonyms

Best known for writing march music and screamers. Has also written waltzes, foxtrots, hymns, novelty numbers and overtures

Best known compositions:
            “The President’s March”
            “The Footlifter”
            “Circus Bee”
            “Rolling Thunder”