Hale A. VanderCook was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was performing in bands by the age of 14, and became conductor of the J.H. LaPearl Circus Band in 1891. He settled in Chicago and founded VanderCook Cornet School in 1909. The purpose of the school was to train musicians as performers, directors and teachers.
VanderCook composed over 70 marches. Among the most famous are American Stride, Olevine, Pacific Fleet, Pageant of Columbia and S.S. Theodore Roosevelt. He published his Course in Band and Orchestra Directing in 1916.
VanderCook studied cornet with Frank Holton and A.F. Weldon. He published Modern Method of Cornet Playing in 20 Lessons in 1922.
Obituary for Hale A. Vandercook Grand Rapids Herald, Monday, October 17, 1949
NOTED MUSICIAN, SCHOOL FOUNDER DIES IN ALLEGAN
ALLEGAN - Hale A. VANDERCOOK, of Route 1, Allegan, nationally known musician, died Sunday morning in his home, The Maples, following an illness of several months. He was 85 years old.
He was founder of the Vander Cook School of Music in Chicago and was a composer of band music.
He was born Sept. 3, 1864 in Ann Arbor, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Vander Cook and came to Allegan at the age of 4, living here until going to Chicago. Following his retirement 7 years ago, he returned here.
Surviving is the wife, Emily.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Nyberg Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Graveside services will be in charge of the Masonic Lodge of Allegan.