When the John Phillip Sousa Band made a concert stop in Utica 125 years ago, Sousa conducted the Knights of Columbus March and Two-Step, composed by Utican Professor George H. Fischer. Fischer, who was then the Music Director at Saint John’s Church in Utica, sat in at the piano with the Sousa Band.
Fischer’s career spanned 67 years and played a major role in the music scene in the Mohawk Valley. His music was published by J. Fischer & Brothers Music of New York City, played all over the world, and was even performed by the John Phillip Sousa Band.
The Oneida County History Center will host “Utica’s Sousa Connection: Rev. George Fisher,” a program with Michael Fischer, Rev. George Fisher’s grandson, set for Saturday, May 14th.
Michael Fischer will share the story of his grandfather’s musical career and his contributions to the vibrant musical heritage in the Mohawk Valley.
This program will begin at 1 pm, and will be held both in person at the History Center, and online via Zoom. The Oneida County History Center is located at 1608 Genesee Street, in Utica. For more information or to register, click here or call (315) 735-3642.