Leroy Shield's
Biographical Chronology

1893
October 2 — Leroy Bernard Shields born in Waseca, Minnesota, son of Patrick F. Shields and (Ida) Maud (Cady) Shields.


since Leroy Shield's birthdate.

1895
Walter W. Shields (brother) born

1900
July 11 — Ethel Gladys Shields (sister) born in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota.

1901
August 19 — Charles E. Shields (brother) born in Mason City, Iowa

1907
The Patrick Shields Family moves to 601 17th St., Belle Plaine, Iowa 2008 photo

1906-1910
Professional début at age 12. Concert pianist, Lyceum circuit. Later graduated to the Redpath circuit.

1910-1911
Concert Tour with the Evelyn Bargelt Concert Co.

1918
Regiment band leader in the army, stationed in Iowa

1921
Tours with Mezzo-Soprano Eva Gauthier, including performances at Carnegie Hall, and Aeolian Hall, New York and in Cuba.

1922
Travels to Europe

1923-1931
Conductor-arranger, Victor Talking Machine Company. Manager of RCA -Victor's foreign, domestic and west coast departments.

1926
August 18— Ethel Gladys Shields Web(b)er (sister) dies in Chicago, Illinois at the age of 27 after a long illness, is buried in Belle Plaine. Obituary

1927
April 5— In San Francisco for an NBC program of musical features, broadcast live over seven stations of the Orange Network. accompanies opera singer Jeanne Gordon.

1929
April 27— Accompanies actress Thelma Todd for her Victor test recording at Hal Roach Studios, Culver City. also synchronizes films. Records local artists in Mexico City.

1930
February— More film scoring.
June— Manager of RCA Victor's west coast division, located in Hollywood. First film tunes recorded, including "The Moon and You."
July 31(?)— Charles E. Shields (brother) dies in Belle Plaine, Iowa at the age of 29. Obituary
August— Leroy B. Shield (36) Marries Katherine Williams (31).
September 26— Records "Sing Song Girl" and "Song of the Big Trail"
"Sing Song Girl"
"Sing Song Girl" Video
Victor Hollywood Studio Sheet
New Yorker Article

1931
March— Cameo appearance with band on stage, performing "Let's Go!" in the Hal Roach production Let''s Do Things. Records music track for "Laughing Gravy"
June— Joins the NBC in San Francisco as orchestral supervisor.
Summer— Conducts a 211-piece symphony orchestra at Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles.
August—Leroy Shield Song Album published
December— Musical director for NBC’s Central Division, Chicago

1933
February—In Culver City, recording music score for The Devil's Brother and receives his first screen credit.

1934
September 17— Introduces his "Notre Dame Shift" in South Bend, Indiana during
a practice session of the Notre Dame football team

1935
March— Records more stock tunes for Hal Roach Studios

1936
May— Recording the score for Our Relations for Hal Roach Studios and receives his second and last screen credit.

 

1940
August 18— Conducts first performance of
Gloucester at Grant Park, Chicago

1942
June 14— Patrick F. Shields (father) dies at the age of 74.
Obituary
June 17— Receives honorary doctorate at Chicago Musical College; henceforth, known as "Dr. Roy Shield".
June 18— Patrick Shields buried in Belle Plaine, Iowa.

1944
May— Premiere performance of
Union Pacific Suite written for 75th anniversary celebration of Union Pacific Railroad

1945
December 10— To New York. Replaces Leopold Spitalny as Manager of Instrumentalists, NBC Eastern Division

1946
Roy Shield's "Musical Transitions for Radio" published.

1947
July 29— Conducts "Starlight Concert" at the University of Rochester's River Campus Stadium

1948
August 28— First radio performances of tone poem
The Great Bell

1950
April 17— Start of nationwide tour with Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra

1955
Leroy B. Shield Retires
(Ida) Maud Shields (mother) dies in Belle Plaine, Iowa at the age of 85.

1958
Roy Shield Music Company founded; copyright renewals of compositions from 1930. Lives in Beach Haven Park, N.J.

1959
Visits Mexico City. Considers opening a branch of his music company there.

1962
January 9— Leroy B. Shield dies of cancer in a hospital at the age of 68 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Belle Plaine Union obituary | Variety obituary

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