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Musicians, Composers and Orchestra Leaders

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  • Rob Wasserman
    Rob Wasserman is an American, Grammy Award winning upright bass player and NEA grant winning composer. biography From allmusic A very versatile bassist, Rob Wasserman has gained fame for his tril...
  • Dan Hicks (1941 - 2016)
    Daniel Ivan "Dan" Hicks (December 9, 1941 – February 6, 2016) was an American singer-songwriter who combined cowboy folk, jazz, country, swing, bluegrass, pop, and gypsy music in his sound. He l...
  • Maurice White (1941 - 2016)
    Maurice White, born December 19 1941, died February 4 2016. Founder and leader of Earth, Wind & Fire, "the biggest, showiest black music band of the 1970s." Earth, Wind & Fire was inducted into the R...
  • Amy Marcy Beach (1867 - 1944)
    Amy Marcy Cheney Beach (September 5, 1867 – December 27, 1944) was an American composer and pianist. She was the first successful American female composer of large-scale art music. As a pianist,...
  • Vilém (Wilhelm Willy) Tausky (1910 - 2004)
    Well-known conductor. Awarded a CBE in 1981. Vilém Tausky; Independent obit (Composer)

A musician (or instrumentalist) is a person who is talented in making music or performing music creatively, or one who composes, conducts, or performs music, particularly instrumental music.

Musicians can specialize in any musical style, and some musicians play in a variety of different styles. Examples of a musician's possible skills include performing, conducting, singing, composing, arranging, and the orchestration of music.

A composer (Latin com+ponere, literally "one who puts together") is a person who creates music, either by musical notation or oral tradition, for interpretation and performance.

An orchestra is a large instrumental ensemble that contains sections of string, brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. A smaller-sized orchestra, about fifty musicians or fewer, may be called a chamber orchestra. A full-size orchestra, with about 100 musicians, may sometimes be called asymphony orchestra or philharmonic orchestra."

In modern times, the musicians are usually directed by a conductor, although early orchestras did not have one, giving this role instead to the concertmaster or the harpsichordist playing the continuo.

Did you have a musical ancestor? Please add your ancestor to this project. Famous or not, musicians have had a great deal of influence in our lives, so let's recognize them here.

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