Pryor: Arthur. Sheet Music and Biography

By | September 23, 2021

Pryor Sheet Music

bandleader/conductor and a composer
1869 – 18 June 1942

Arthur Willard Pryor (born 22 September 1869*) was an American trombonist, bandleader/ conductor, and composer.

His best-known compositions are ‘On Jersey Shore’, Queen Titania, and ‘The Whistler and His Dog’.

He composed around three hundred works including novelties, marches, tone poems, and three light operas (Jinga Boo, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and On the Eve of Her Wedding Day).

On we have a small selection of arrangements of ‘The Whistler and his Dog‘. . If you are not familiar with this piece take a look at the YouTube clip below.

Life and Career

Arthur Pryor was born in St. Joseph, Missouri (MO) into a musical family. His father was the leader of Pryor’s Military Band, his brother Walter was a cornetist, and his younger brother Samuel was a drummer. By the time Arthur was eleven he was playing the trombone in his father’s band and became quite a personality in St Joseph. He joined the band of cornetist Allesandro Liberatti in 1889 and then went onto join the prestigious Sousa Band as a featured trombone soloist. The band included some of Pryor’s compositions in their performances. After six years of being in the band, he was promoted to assistant conductor, however, in 1903 Pryor left the band to form his own, which became very successful, performing both life and recordings.

Pryor married and had three sons; ‘Roger Pryor‘ who developed into a bandsman and film actor; Arthur Jnr who became a bandleader and advertising executive and Samuel.

In 1933 Pryor retired from full-time composing. However, in 1942 he was asked to conduct a concert series in Asbury Park (a location the band previously regularly performed in). By this time Pryor was in his seventies and sadly suffered a stroke on 16 June 1942 dying two days later.

There is a bandstand / bandshell in Asbury park bearing the name of Arthur Pryor. It only plays the works and arrangements of its namesake.

Pryor Sheet Music Downloads and Further Reading

On we have a selection of instrumental versions of Pryor’s best known piece ‘The Whistler and his Dog‘ all in PDF format.

For further reading on this composer why not take a look at Wikipedia and All Music.

(*He might also have been born in April 1869)

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