Cruise Bands? Who needs them, who leads them?

Immigrants by the thousands made their way to the shores of the new United States.  Steam powered ocean liners carrying several hundred people became the mode of transportation to cross the Atlantic.

In 1838 we meet Manuel Emilio, an expert ophicleide player in his native Spain, who found himself “Master of the Ship’s Band” on a very early steamship plying the Atlantic for New York City.  Mr. Emilio, a renaissance man,brought his multi-faceted musical talent to Salem, Massachusetts. Besides being an ophicleide player, he was also a seller of Chickering pianos, a choir director, a composer, a dance instructor, and yes, even an organist in several prominent Salem, Massachusetts churches.

Discover how Emilio fits into the fabric of the history of the organ in American in the organ and multi-media concert experience, From Sea to Shining Sea at

Contact Dr. Jeannine Jordan, creator and performer of this unique concert to schedule a performance in your community.


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