The struggling Cornet

The suppression experienced by our lowly cornet has been present for many, many years as indicated by this famous letter from Herbert L. Clark, sent to Elden L.Benge dated January 13, 1921.

Additional cornet enthusiasts have drug their feet in supporting the modern trumpet as stated by cornet enthusiast professor A.O. Peterson who is quoted in this booklet the Cornet, “The trumpet will never become more popular than the cornet because of its strident tone and piercing characteristics”.

Bruce was a member of the faculty at the University of Northern Iowa, School of Music in Cedar Falls from 1969 until his retirement in 1999. He has performed with many well-known entertainers such as Bob Hope, Jim Nabors, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Anita Bryant, Carman Cavalara, Victor Borgie, the Four Freshman, Blackstone the Magician, Bobby Vinton and John Davidson.