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Wade H. Hammond (1879–1957) was an American musician who became one of the first African American bandmasters in the United States military in 1909, for the 9th Cavalry.[1] He later also served as bandmaster for the 10th Cavalry and 25th Infantry. Hammond receied his B.A. from Alabama A&M College, and then studied at the Royal Military School of Music of England. He also taught at both Alabama A&M and Western Universitydisambiguation needed.[2]

Later in life, he organized the Urban League of Phoenix and became a member of the National Association of Housing Officials and the Phoenix Housing Authority. He also established the first band at Phoenix's Carver High School.[2]


  • Southern, Eileen (1997). Music of Black Americans. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.. ISBN 0-393-03843-2. 


  1. Southern, pg. 306
  2. 2.0 2.1 Michael D Johnson (2004). "Wade H. Hammond (1879--1957): Early twentieth century African-American military bandmaster" (Dissertation). Texas Tech University. Retrieved May 23, 2008. 

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