First valved cornet virtuoso who was also a famous pedagogue, composer, conductor, and trumpeter.
He studied at the Paris Conservatoire and soon after, he began teaching at the École Militaire and then his alma mater.
He published the Trumpeter's Bible, Grande méthode complète pour cornet à pistons et de saxhorn, in 1864; brass players still use this book for study.
He was born in Lyon, France.
He made a phonograph cylinder for the Edison Company, which was established by Thomas Alva Edison.