Biography of Charles Doring
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Doring, Charles, was born in Germany, October 29, 1826. He received his musical education in Germany and when a young man came to America and enlisted as cornetist in the United States Army Band stationed at the Watervliet (N. Y.) Arsenal. The Mexican war was then being fought and the band was sent to the front and spent four years in Mexico. When they returned the old regimental band was reorganized, with E. P. Jones leader, and Mr. Doring solo cornetist. In 1857 Mr. Doring was chosen leader and has maintained the position with great credit to himself and the band ever since, nearly forty years. In 1850 the name was changed to the Troy Cornet Band, and they became known every where as one of the best, in the country, and when the Civil war broke out they were Sent to the front, October 17, 1861, and for ten months led the old 2d Regt. N. Y. Vols. during the Peninsular campaign. An order from headquarters which disbanded all but brigade bands, sent the musicians back to Troy, where they were discharged in June, 1862. December 18, 1869, the band was incorporated as Troy Military and Orchestra Band, consisting of twenty two members and with W. T. Crary as president. In 1891 the name of the baud was changed to Doriag's Military and Orchestral Band, and although the name was not changed until this late date, the organization was known for a long time previous as Doring's Band of Troy, so completely was the personality of the leader felt. The band has had remarkable success, but one that is deserved in every sense. E. S. Thornton is now president, Edward Martin vice president, and George F. Doring has been acting leader since 1894. The band, consisting at present of eighteen members, has achieved an almost national reputation and has made a number of noted trips. It accompanied the Albany Burgesses Corps to both of Grant's inaugurations, and in 1881, to Cleveland, St. Louis and other western cities.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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