This collection contains interviews with Missoula musicians about their musical styles, preferences, careers, and philosophy. The interviews were conducted in 1990 by students in the University of Montana’s School of Music. The interviewees discuss performing their preferred musical genre(s), the future of different genres, the future of music education, and their approaches to teaching music. The original interviews are held as Oral History collection 253 at Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula.
This collection includes 5 interviews.
Donald Carey, professor in the University of Montana’s School of Music, describes his personal musical philosophy. He discusses the difference between functional music, such as music sung in the home or at church, with music for art’s sake, such as concerts and professional compositions. Carey ... Read More
Edwin Rosenkranz recalls his career as a bassoonist and university professor from the 1940s to 1990s. He remembers his beginnings in New York, his early work with the Tulsa Philharmonic, and his first school and university jobs in Wyoming and Colorado before coming to the ... Read More
Glenn Muller recalls learning to play guitar and saxophone as a child because his parents and siblings also played instruments. He talks about playing in Air Force bands as a young adult during the era of big band jazz and swing music. Muller describes how ... Read More
John “Catfish John” Tisdell talks about his involvement with folk music in Montana and across the United States, and discusses his current projects and views on the music industry. Tisdell recalls growing up in Great Falls, Montana, and his first performance at the Oxford Bar ... Read More
John H. Combs
John Combs talks about his early music education, his university training, and being offered a job as the band director at Hellgate High School in Missoula, Montana in the late 1970s. He discusses the importance of band music and its roots as a uniquely American ... Read More