THE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR
Phillip A. Laffey, Band Master, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard

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Description Gelatin print mounted on gray colored card stock of Phillip A. Laffey, Band Master, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard.
Year Range from 1898
Event Spanish American War
Year range to 1898
Medium Cardstock/Photographic Paper/Ink
Notes Bust view portrait of Phillip A. Laffey, Band Master, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard. He wears an officer's fatigue blouse with shoulder boards with band master insignia inside and "WIS B. M. 2" embroidered in bullion on the stand-up collar. Taken just prior to departure for Puerto Rico in July 1898.

Phillip A. Laffey was born in Portsmouth, England April 17, 1871. He began his musical career at age 14 and was a Band Master in the British Navy. In 1895 he came to the US and setled in Oshkosh. he became the violinist for Trinity Episcopal Church. He married Cora Mueller October 29, 1896. He was one of the founders of the Arion Band and the Acme Orchestra in Oshkosh. He served as the Band Leader of the 2nd WNG Band for several years and served during the Spanish-American War. In 1901 he moved to Chicago, IL where he instructed violin at the Chicago Conservatory. he also toured with orchestras for 11 seasons. The Laffeys returned to Oshkosh in November 1927 where he conducted the band at the Fischer theater. He invented improvements to the glockenschpiel and was an active music composer. He died in Oshkosh in 1947.
Object ID P2004.19.1
Object Name Cabinet Card
People Laffey, Phillip A.
Place Charleston, SC
Print size 5" x 7"
Subjects Portrait photographs
Male
Soldiers
2nd Wisconsin National Guard
Composers
Musicians
Title Phillip A. Laffey, Band Master, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard
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