Era: 20th Century
Ferde Grofe was an American composer, arranger, and pianist. He came from a long line of musicians, so it was natural for him to pursue music as a career. Beginning in the 1920s, Grofe played jazz piano with The Paul Whiteman orchestra and served as their chief arranger where he made hundreds of arrangements of popular music for orchestra. His most memorable arrangement was of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, taking it from a piano arrangement and rewriting it for full orchestra. He went on to write his own music including Mississippi Suite and The Grand Canyon Suite.