Composer and arranger of popular marches and screamers whose works were adapted by several Florida universities. Some of his more popular works included "Troopers Tribunal" from 1905 and "Miss Trombone" from 1908.
He sang in the church choir as a youth and composed and published his first march, called "Higham," at age 18.
He spent time with the University of Miami band, writing band instruction works that continued to be used decades later. His rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" was used by Florida State University.
He was born the eldest of five children, and his father was a gospel-song composer and partner in the Fillmore religious music publishing house.
He was the last of a long line of march composers, beginning his work after John Philip Sousa had already retired.