Will Marion Cook was a black composer wo created several successful Broadway plays and compositions. He studied violin both in the states and abroad and in 1898 put on his first play titled Clorindy. The show was an immediate success and made him the first black composer to conduct a white theater orchestra.
He started working with a black comedy troupe, Williams and Walker Company. His scores for their musical comedies cemented him as a force to be reckoned with. He went on to perform all over the world and even performed for King George V.