Henry Fillmore was the most colorful bandsman of his time. His irrepressible talent for marches produced a string of masterpieces uniquely in his own flavor, and among the most outstanding of them is Americans We. Fillmore himself was great entertainment-the last of the minstrelmen. As a conductor he was the showman supreme, able not only to control any musical forces in front of him regardless of size, but able, as well, to reach and thrill audiences..."he used certain gestures that delighted the spectators. He never forgot that the audience was an important part of the musical performance. While thousands enjoyed his performances, no one enjoyed them more than Henry himself." Other bandmasters always gave him very wide berth.
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