Born: June 4, 1873, Singers Glen, Virginia.
Died: October 6, 1957, Elkton, Virginia.
Buried: Dayton Cemetery, Dayton, Virginia.
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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