Banister, John

About 1663-1735

Son of preceding. An English violinist, born about 1663. He received his instruction from his father, attained to considerable eminence as a player, under the monarchs, Charles II., James II., and Anne, and was a member of the royal band. When operas were first performed at Drury Lane, he played first violin. His name stands forth as contributor to the earliest printed book for the violin gotten out in England, and there was published a small collection of pieces composed by him for the theatre in association with the Austrian violinist and composer, Godfrey Finger.