Frederic Ashe (1917–1968) began piano studies at the age of eight with graduates of the Peabody Conservatory and played cornet in his high school band in Pennsylvania. Ashe received a bachelor of music degree and master of music degree from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.
During World War II, Ashe served in the 24th Infantry Division Band as a trumpeter, arranger, and dance band leader. In 1948, he joined the faculty at the University of Miami School of Music where he taught theory, orchestration, and composition, served as chairman of the theory department, and was a member of the School of Music council.
Winner of the 1963 ABA Ostwald Award, Ashe’s Concert Suite contains three movements: Fanfare and Scherzo, Andante Religioso, and Allegro Vivace.
Frederic Ashe (left) receiving the 1963 award from Adolph Ostwald.