Newark 250 Band Leader

February 20, 1858
to June 16, 1933

This is Theodore J. Vincentz, Warren Vincentz’s great uncle. The son of
German immigrants, Theodore was a musician and a bandleader of some renown in his day, leading an orchestra that was featured for many years at a beer garden in Olympic Park in Irvington and elsewhere
in New Jersey, especially Asbury Park. He was also the musical director of Newark’s 250th anniversary in 1916. But his greatest recognition came from his association with Thomas Edison. Theodore not only led Edison’s military and concerts bands but, according to an article about his death in The New York Times in June 1933, his orchestra “recorded the first cylindrical band record for Edison.” Sadly, Theodore, distraught over his wife’s death, fatally shot himself at her grave site in Woodland. Research by Guy Sterling.

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