FRANZ VON BLON (1861 - 1945)
Primarily known as a march composer, Franz von Blon was equally at home writing other music including many characteristic pieces, and was quite prolific, also composing four operettas. He was the first major German composer to bring the march into concert repertory, rather than it being designed for the parade ground. Franz von Blon founded the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Band Orchestra, and while at the Uhlenhorst Fährhaus in Hamburg, premiered Oscar Fetrás’s most famous waltz, Moonlight on the Alster at the inaugural concert for the ball season of 1888. Von Blon made his name in America following a successful series of concerts at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904.