It’s so many notes in music. But we all know what sheet music is
for. Some just play sheet music, others play by ear. Some do both.
But for this black man named Frank Johnson, he was the first black person
to get involved with sheet music.
June 16, 1792, Frank Johnson was born. He was a Black musician, band leader,
and composer.J ohnson Attainted local prominence as a fiddler at
events like dances, parties, etc.
Frank formed relationships with Philadelphia military unites like First Troop
Philadelphia City Calvary, The Washington Guards Third Company.
These invents he did sparked for him national praise.
In Philadelphia he taugh students, gave concerts, composed,
and then published. During summers, he performed at resorts
and toured the Northeast. Johnson attracted the best black
Musicians of the day to his band.
He brought a silver bugle, something young Queen Victoria gave
him for his excellent performance. Johnson conducted
a 50-piece orchestra and a 150-voice chorus led by Morris Brown JR.
Frank’s dance music was based on entertainment, but his
martial music was for nationalism.For his Philadephia
Firemen’s Cotillion, it included fire bells, a field bugle, and a band
Again, he was the first Black person to publish sheet
musician, and just as well the first Black(Formal) musician. In addition,
he was one of the first American musicians to tour Europe accompanied
by a band.
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