Center for Latter-day Saint Arts

On This Day...

A DAILY FACTOID OF OUR ART HISTORY

June 8

Composer and band director Dominico Ballo died on this day (1861). He was one of the first to establish a Mormon settlement band. Originally from Sicily and a graduate of the Milan Conservatory, Ballo converted to the church and emigrated to Utah with the pioneers. It was noted that Ballo produced a new work for his band almost once a week, and although less of his works remain today, the popularity of community music continued throughout the West. http://www.mormonartwiki.org/index.php?title=Dominico_Ballo

Glen Nelson