Roy Harris was known as one of America's most significant twentieth-century composers of classical symphonic music. Known for trying to express an American spirit theme in his music. His greatest symphony the ‘Third 1937' is his best known work.
He was born LeRoy Ellsworth Harris into a modest family of mixed ancestry in Lincoln County, Oklahoma. He grew up one of five children living in a log cabin until 1903 when his father sold the family farm and moved the family to the San Gabriel Valley California.