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Paul E. Bierley (né Paul Edmund Bierley; 3 February 1926 Portsmouth, Ohio – 9 April 2016 Ohio) was an American music historian. Among his awards were a Society for American Music Lifetime Achievement Award and receiving an Honorary Doctor of Music from Ohio State University.[1]

Career[edit | edit source]

In World War II, he was a B-25 radio operator and gunner for the Army Air Corps. He married Pauline in 1948.[1] He graduated with a degree in aeronautical engineering from Ohio State University in 1953, and worked for North American Aviation and Ellanef Manufacturing.[1] Bierley later began an active musical career. He conducted extensive research on John Philip Sousa and wrote books about him, Henry Fillmore, and historical books about music.[1][2] He wrote liner notes for album and CDs and magazine articles. He portrayed Uncle Sam at band concerts and lectured on musical subjects. Bierley founded Integrity Research Foundation and Integrity Press.[1]

He had relationships with local music organizations like Brass Band of Columbus, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Concert Band, Wheeling Steel Band of Portsmouth, Ohio Village Brass, the Virginia Grand Military Band, as well as the North American Aviation Concert Band, the New Sousa Band, and the World Symphony Orchestra.[1] He was a member of the Tubists Universal Brotherhood Association and the International Tuba and Euphonium Society.[1]

Among his awards were a Society of American Music Lifetime Achievement Award and receiving an Honorary Doctor of Music from Ohio State University.[1]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Paul Edmund Bierley, the son of William and Minnie Bierley, was born in 1926 in Portsmouth, Ohio.[1] He married Pauline in 1948, with whom they had son John and daughter Lois. He lived much of his married life in Westerville, Ohio. Pauline died before Bierley, who died on April 9, 2016. His remains were donated to the Ohio State University College of Medicine.[1]

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

His notable books are:[3]

  • John Philip Sousa: American Phenomenon (1973); OCLC 677260 and 47639367
  • The Music of Henry Fillmore and Will Huff (1982); OCLC 924740409
  • The Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music, Composers and their music (2 Vol.s), by William Harold Rehrig (born 1939), Paul Bierley (1991); OCLC 477210625
  • Marching Along: Recollections of Men, Women and Music (1994); OCLC 924740436
  • The Incredible Band of John Philip Sousa (2010); OCLC 968661395
  • New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial

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