Breese, Lou (Died on 11 Jan 1969)
appeared in Wilmette Life (Wilmette, Illinois), 20 Jan 1969, p. 26

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Lou Breese, 68, nationally known Chicago bandleader who frequently played for North Shore benefits, debuts, weddings, and country club dances, died of an apparent heart attack Jan. 11 on the bandstand at the Conrad Hilton Hotel's Grand Ballroom. Mr. Breese was the father of Mrs. Gloria Hemphill of Wilmette. A former student of the New England Conservatory of Music, he was an accomplished musician as well as a conductor and performed on the violin, trumpet, piano, and banjo. At one time, he was the featured soloist at the Capital Theater in New York City with Eugene Ormandy as the concertmaster. He conducted bands in the country's largest theaters, appeared on radio and television, and played for national political events. He led the orchestra at the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago and performed the same service in 1952 for both the Democrats and Republicans. He also played at former President Eisenhower's inaugural ball in 1956. Besides Mrs. Hemphill, Mr. Breese is survived by his wife, Capitola; four grandchildren, Shirley, Patricia, Bobby, and Marianne Hemphill; a sister; two nieces; and a nephew. Services were conducted at Immaculate Conception Church. Burial was at Queen of Heaven Mausoleum.

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20 Jan 1969
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11 Jan 1969
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    Latitude: 42.07225 Longitude: -87.72284
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Breese, Lou (Died on 11 Jan 1969)