Harvey B. Dodworth
(1822 - 1891), was one of Thomas J. Dodworth's four sons. Thomas
Dodworth emigrated from England sometime before 1820, and
established a music store in New York City sometime in the 1820s. By
the mid 1830s, this family of musicians, teachers, music publishers,
and instrument dealers were well established. They are best known
today for the publication in 1853 of Dodworth's Brass Band School.
Several of the Brass Band arrangements from this publication are
listed in our Published Music section of this web site.
While there is no
evidence that the Dodworths were involved in the actual manufacture
of musicial instruments, it is evident that they sold a full line of
Brass, Woodwind, and Percussion instruments in their store. In
addition, the Dodworths were well known for their brass band, the
Dodworth New York City Cornet Band, which was established in 1838.
This was the first brass band in New York City and the second in the
nation (the Boston Brass Band being the first in 1834). For many
years, Harvey B. Dodworth was the leader and Eb Soprano player in
this band. The Dodworth Music Store was active in the music trade
into the 1890s.
An interesting side
note, Harvey B. Dodworth was on of the founders of the New York
Philharmonic Society, predecessor of the New York Philharmonic
Click here to see an
Eb OTS Bass Saxhorn with
a shield marked H. B. Dodworth NY.