Lars Kirmser's Music Trader - York Serial Number List
YORK BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY
Year Manufactured2500 Insts./Yr2700 Insts./Yr
...James Warren York
was born on November 24, 1839, in Exeter, New Hampshire.He
first worked for the Boston Musical Instrument Manufactory and in 1882 moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan where he
first played in a music pit.He
then owned his
instrument manufacturing company until his
retirement to California in 1917.He
died in Los Angeles on February 9, 1927.York
manufactured a full line of brass instruments, both under its own name and proprietary brand names.York
briefly participated in two partnerships, Smith & York (1883) and York & Holton (1885).
In 1913, Johnson, along with John and James
Duffy, formed a stockholding company, and when the York family relinquished all interest in the company in 1926, Johnson became a co-owner.The company was then known as the York Band Instrument Company.