Originally created 09/29/05

ASU library plans tribute to organist



Reese Library at Augusta State University will honor one of the city's early-20th century musicians, J. Louis Sayre, with a tribute at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday on the library's second floor

Before moving to Atlanta in January 1931 to become organist of St. Philip's Cathedral, Mr. Sayre was one of Augusta's biggest music boosters. He was a music critic, music teacher, official organist of the Imperial Theatre, concert pianist, music composer and director of the Georgia Railroad Concert Band, composed of the bank's employees.

Several of his compositions were performed by "The March King" himself, composer John Philip Sousa.

By age 16, Mr. Sayre was the chief organist of an Augusta church. At 38, he was deputy clerk of Augusta City Council, secretary to the mayor and organist at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

He died in Atlanta on March 28, 1962, and was buried in his native city of Augusta in Magnolia Cemetery.