He got his first music lessons when he was 7 years from his father on the violin. At the age of 10, he gave lessons for Es-cornet and four years later he played in the band of the Stowe Brothers Circus, which was then conducted by Monty Long, likewise a cornet player. This Monty Long has made him the B flat cornet recommended.After this engagement at the circus band, he dragged himself from a commitment to another and from city to city. He played as a street musician and had many times still just enough money to eat and drink.
In 1896 during a trip to New York City, he was familiar with William Paris Chambers, which offered him the lead, made to him at no cost. His cornet playing was soon better and so skilled, that he's been in 1897 and 1898 as a soloist in several New York bands occurred. In the winter he played in theater orchestras. From 1899 to 1904 he was cornet soloist of the Edison Phonograph Company and nom different solos on such asArbucklenian Polka by John Hartmann, Grand Russian Fantasia by Jules Levy and Maritana. In William Vincent Wallace 's happy moments.
At the turn of the century he conducted a wind Orchestra in his performances, that Singing Bandsong of the members and soloists with accompaniment of the Orchestra presented. He continued as cornet virtuoso and as conductor of several orchestras such as harmony Show Band from 1905 to 1911 of the Ringling Brothers Circus Band. In this time he took Joe Basile as cornet soloist and second conductor. Subsequently, he was Music Director of the Colorado Midland band in Denver from 1912 to 1914.
For the first world war he organized concerts and soloed there in His White Hussarswith the band, sometimes called also "Dunbars's White Hussars", which traveled the Chautauquacircuit and played vaudeville and later formed a large wind Orchestra. In 1933 he was with this Orchestra, now All Sweet and His Military and Singing Band , a concert during the world exhibition in Chicagoin 1933. The Orchestra Later exchanged the unification in white pants and black jackets.
As a composer he wrote mainly works for wind Orchestra.
- 1898 Concert Polka
- 1898 Bugle Calls
- 1908 The Bandolero, mars
- 1908 The Broncho Buster, mars
- 1909 The Battle of San Juan Hill-Grand Descriptive Military Fantasia
- 1911 Ringling Brothers Grand Entry, mars
- 1911 Rotation Rag
- 1912 Shillah ' O, characteristic two-step
- 1917 Prohibition Blues
- Inflexible 1929
- Colossus March
- 1918 there's a picture in my old kit bag, for voice and piano
- Richard i. Schwartz: The Cornet Compendium-The History and Development of the Nineteenth-Century Cornet, 2000-2001
- William e. Stud well, Charles p. Conrad, Bruce r. Schueneman: Circus Songs, Binghampton, New York, The Haworth Press, Inc., 1999. ISBN 0-7890-0879-3