Mason Jones was born on June 16, 1919, in Hamilton New York and he died on February 18th, 2009 at Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. While alive, he was a popular music educator and horn player. He equally had several years of association with the Philadelphia Orchestra, where he served, under the control of Eugene Ormandy, as the principal hornist.  During World War II, he was the principal hornist for the United States Marine Band. Between 1946 and 1995, he was the head of the horn faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music and also the founding member of the Philadelphia Brass Ensemble and Philadelphia Woodwind Quintet. Mason Jones profile on wikidot helps you to know more!

His career

As hinted earlier, he was born in Hamilton, New York.  His professional studies started at Curtis Institutes of Music in 1936; he was a student of Anton Horner then. He was later hired as the third horn for the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1938 by Ormandy, and he later became the principal hornist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, a position that was formerly occupied by his teacher. He vacated this position a year later and joined the United States Marine Band as the principal hornist; he remained with them until 1946.

Mason Jones

Mason Jones returned to the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1947 to serve as the principal hornist. He would remain in this position for 31 years; that is, until 1978, after which he retired. While serving as the principal hornist at Philadelphia Orchestra, he was also serving as the personnel manager of the orchestra, a position he vacated in 1986. He became popular after his 1940 music for Disney animation film titled Fantasia.

Fantasia was directed by Samuel Armstrong among several others, while it was produced by Walt Disney and Ben Sharpsteen. The animation came shortly after The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, a Silly Symphonies which was used to reintroduce Mickey Mouse and correct its declining popularity.

Fantasia was termed as the first to be shown in a theater, and it was first shown at cinemas in thirteen cities across the United States with the first show coming up on the 13th of November, 1940. However, World War II reduced the profit margin that the company could make in that animation film since it could not be distributed to theatres in Europe, which was war-torn around that period. However, the movie would continue to attract attention until 2012, and it could rake in up to $76.4 million.

Some of his works are highlighted below:

  • Hindemith: Sonatas for Brass and Piano with Glenn Gould.
  • Eugene Ormandy Conducts Mozart Wind Concertos with Philadelphia Orchestra, which was conducted by Eugene Ormandy.

•    Mozart & Beethoven: Quintets for Piano &Winds with Rudolf Serkina