Arnold Lamont Chick (November 17, 1889-February 1956) served as a cornetist with the John Philip Sousa Band during its 1919-1920 tour and a portion of the band's 1925-1926 tour. He was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts to Annie Parker Williams Chick, a professional musician, and William Mosher Chick, president of the Chick Brothers Shoe Manufacturing Company. His grandfather was a founding member of the Haverhill Cornet Band, late renamed the Haverhill City Band, which he served as director for twenty-five years. At the age of 15 or 16, Chick became a Mason, and he played in Masonic bands throughout his life. During World War I he served as the solo cornetist in the 104th U.S. Artillery Band in South Carolina and then the Regimental Bugle Instructor while stationed in France. Chick joined the Sousa Band after his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army in April of 1919. Between and after his extended performances with the Sousa Band, Chick worked as the director of the Watertown, Massachusett's high school band, the Chick Concert Band, and the Watertown American Legion Band.
Description: Consists of a scrapbook, Sousa Band tour itineraries and a hotel list, newspaper clippings, and concert programs documenting Arnold Chick's 1919-1920 and 1925-1926 tours with the Sousa Band, and work with Thomas Morrill Carter who served as band leader of the Boston Commandery of the Knights Templar. In addition there is a short biographical sketch of Chick's life that was compiled by his family after his death. The scrapbook photos date from 1905 to 1926 and other items date as late as 1929.