William H. Santelmann

(1863-1932)

Induction: February 3, 1990

Director of the U.S. Marine Band, where he set many military traditions that are still used today.  Father of Colonel William F. Santelmann, who is also in the Hall of Fame.  He was a pioneer of many military traditions at the White House with the Marine Band.  Member of both the Marine Band and Orchestra before being conductor of the band.  Played for all U.S. presidents during his tenure with the Marine Band.