William Rimmer (Composer)
Born: 1862, Southport, Lancashire, UK
Died: 1936, Southport, Lancashire, UK
William Rimmer was a Lancashire composer and conductor of brass band music who was particularly well known for his marches.
Rimmer was born in Southport in 1862 into a musical family. His father was bandmaster of the Lancashire Volunteer Rifles and encouraged both Rimmer and his brother Robert in their musical studies. At the age of 15 Rimmer joined the Southport Rifle band as a side-drummer and then moved on to the cornet, eventually becoming the band's principal cornet soloist. As a young man he made himself into one of the finest cornet players in the country under the eye of Alexander Owen at Besses o' th' Barn Band.