How Circus Bands Spread African American Music | The Circus

How Circus Bands Spread African American Music | The Circus
How Circus Bands Spread African American Music | The Circus
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Discover how cornet player and bandleader P. G. Lowery helped bring the music of black musicians into mainstream popular culture in the early 20th century, in this digital video from The Circus: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. Lowery, who grew up in a musical family, trained at the prestigious Boston Conservatory of Music. At a time when American society limited opportunities for blacks, the traveling circus provided Lowery and other black musicians with better treatment and guaranteed pay.

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