Oscar Wolff, the leader of the Crescent City Military Band, was "one of the city's best known musicians," according to his obituary, which appeared in the Daily Picayune on August 2, 1908. After the Civil War, his obit says, he was "employed in large affairs and had contracts for all the Carnival parades as well as for the balls at the French Opera House. West End was opened with his band as an amusement place. . . ." During the Civil War, he served as Chief Clerk under General Butler; he was also a veteran of the Spanish-American War (he served as band leader for the First Alabama), a volunteer fireman, and one time leader of the Washington Artillery band.