Many Concerts

A big part of my participation in the BHS music department was preparing for concerts, of course.  We had a lot of fun through the years.  I don’t have a lot of photos to show, but have a few.

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One of the most rewarding activities was working with the all men’s choir while the Rose brothers were employed here.  They brought a lot of talent out of these guys, and we got “I” ratings every year at festival.

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It was also fun to perform with the Balladiers in various locations, such as at the Ucross Christmas celebration:


It would be interesting to know exactly how many concerts I performed, and how much music in all those years.  I’ve played for all the schools in town, as well as for Tongue River, Clearmont, Casper and the Wyoming Ambassadors of Music — over 200 pieces of music most years, including jazz, musicals, festival solos for vocals and instrumentals, and choirs.  Fun!


Other Music Activities

This post represents random photos from other music involvements through the years.  I always helped with children’s productions, such as this one from Missoula Children’s Theater:


There were lots of church performances with kids too:


We often included children in the Feast of Praise as well:


We also put on special programs, such as “Bringing Home the Music,” where former musicians returned to town for a Balladiers reunion and to replay some of the great moments in high school musical theater.

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This program was called “Putting on the Ritz.”  It was great fun!

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My friend, Gail Martin, directed this program, as she did many others that I was involved in.Ritz7.1993

Here are the two of us performing together for another program of some type.  It was always fun to work with Gail.



Sacred Music

Much of my piano playing through the years has been involved with sacred music, though I don’t have many photos, understandably.  Here are some old ones from the past though.  This first one is no doubt from a Christmas program:

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Sacred programs would include worship services (I have no photos from them), Christmas and Easter pageants, kids’ programs, community vespers, benefit concerts and The Feast of Praise, which was traditionally organized every other year.

These are all scenes from Feast of Praise performances:





Our friend, Dr. Mark, has always been present to play bass:


The Feast of Praise usually involves some elements of jazz, and a collection of donations for the local transient fund and for Compassion International.  I’ve been involved in sacred music, which I thoroughly enjoy performing (as it is a wonderful way to worship myself) for at least 40 years.



Kids at the Piano

The whole family has been involved in piano lessons at some point, except Paul.  Here are some great pics from the past.  This is a nice one of my grandfather posing at the piano, although I’m quite certain he never played it.


Here’s Jeremy with his wonderful teacher, Nancy:



Sarah messing around on the keys:


Chris has enjoyed playing around a keyboard at times too.

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Actually, this was an abandoned piano we found on Cape Cod.

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It didn’t produce much sound but I bet it did in the past.

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I also want to give a shout-out to some of my former piano students:



I think it started them off well in music, as they have continued with musical pursuits of some type to this day.

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Youthful Pianist

As you know, I announced my retirement from the school district this year — at least 38 years or so of involvement with music students and choirs in the schools.  I thought it would be fun to look at some old music pics in the next few blog posts.  Here is the earliest photo I’ve found of me at the piano:

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I started lessons when I was 4, but by the time I got to junior high my mother couldn’t force me to practice.  However, she said that after she let me quit she couldn’t get me away from the piano.  Here are some pics from high school:



Some of our dogs “sang” when we played the piano.


In college I always managed to find a piano to play.


And friends to make music with (I’m the one in the goofy hat).

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I love this crazy photo of a sorority Christmas gathering, with Paul in the background hamming it up.

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In addition, we were often posing in front of pianos in those years.

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