Czech musician František Kmoch was born in Zásmuky by Kolín. He was born on 1st August 1848, the troubled year when revolution wave was spreading through Europe. Kmoch´s father Jakub Kmoch, a retired soldier and cottager, made living by tailoring and also a bit by folk music, playing the clarinet.
Parents of František Kmoch lived as an unmarried couple, so Kmoch and his siblings Antonín, Václav and Josef were illegitimate children. This was not corrected before November 1855 when their parents got married. Since childhood František Kmoch was naturally interested in music which he could hear at home when his father was practising. So it was no surprise that he literally inherited close relationship to brass band music. Later, he learnt music at Václav Plaček.
Due to lack of money, František was not able to think about studying music at academy of music. In 1864-68 he attended Kolín Gymnasium and because at that time teaching schools provided thorough music preparation, he did not hesitate and started to study Prague teaching institute. He left the institution in 1869 and became a teacher continuously in Suchdol, Červené Pečky and Solopysky by Kolín.