1873–1957
Will Ruebush

Introduction

Born: June 4, 1873, Sing­ers Glen, Vir­gin­ia.

Died: Oc­to­ber 6, 1957, Elk­ton, Vir­gin­ia.

Buried: Day­ton Ce­me­te­ry, Day­ton, Virginia.

Biography

Will was the son of Eph­ri­am Rue­bush and Lu­cil­la Vir­gin­ia Kieffer. He mar­ried twice, to Val­ley Vir­gin­ia Shu­mak­er (1882–1944) and Glad­da Eliz­a­beth Evan­gel­ine Dyche Bruce (1877–1964).

A vo­cal mu­sic teach­er ear­ly in his ca­reer, he di­rect­ed an ar­my band in France in World War I, where he was a se­cond lieu­ten­ant in the 116th In­fan­try.

After the war, he led ma­ny ci­vil­ian or­ches­tras and bands, and taught at sev­er­al schools, in­clud­ing the She­nan­do­ah Con­ser­va­to­ry of Mu­sic in Day­ton, Vir­gin­ia.

He wrote ma­ny march­es, in­clud­ing The Stone­wall Bri­gade March, Shen­an­doah, and the Al­ma Ma­ter Song for Tu­lane Un­i­ver­si­ty, New Or­le­ans, Lou­i­si­a­na.

Ruebush spent most of his life in Da­yton, Vir­gin­ia, where he be­came pre­si­dent of the Rue­bush-Kief­fer Pub­lish­ing Com­pa­ny.

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Music

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