[Dixielandjazz] Dixieland in Bismarck
Thu, 08 Aug 2002 12:38:28 -0500
Thanks a bunch, Dan! I'll definitely follow up on the info.
Farrell's idea seems sound but arduous; would rather join an established
group. I have enough trouble trying to find the rhythm players even in
Chicago. Playing drums and playing OKOM drums are not equal activities-- as
Petters will doubtless confirm.
But I'm far from moved yet, and it may never happen until my wife retires
(No Dak teachers' retirement sucks loudly!). I love cold weather, but
Bismarck gets bad heat, too: it's 101 there today with high humidity.
My wife insists I inform you that she had already told me about the symphony
orchestras around the state. Women have much better memories than men: they
remember every word ever spoken; they even remember words that never were
spoken, but I no longer point that out.
on 8/8/02 8:46 AM, Dan Augustine at email@example.com wrote:
> Charlie, John, and the rest--
> No problem. I told you dixieland was everywhere. Go do a Google-search on
> 'Bismarck+Dixieland' (leave out the quotation-marks, and use a 'c' in the
> city-name). You'll get a bunch of hits, including the following, from
> "William J. Schmidt is the Director of Instrumental Music at St. Mary's
> Central High School Bismarck, North Dakota. A graduate of Dickinson State
> University in Dickinson, North Dakota, he has taught at St. Mary's for 25
> years. Mr. Schmidt directs the Wind Orchestra, Symphonic Band, "Marching
> Saints" and the award winning SMCHS Jazz Ensemble.
> Mr. Schmidt has served as the Principal Trombonist with the Bismarck-Mandan
> Symphony Orchestra. He presently conducts and performs with the Bill Schmidt
> Big Band and is the trombonist with Doc Lindelow's Dixieland Chamber
> Schmidt is currently President of the North Dakota International Association
> of Jazz Educators and is the past president of the North Dakota National Band
> Association. He is presently the Auditions Manager of the North Dakota
> All-State Band, Choir, Orchestra & Jazz Ensemble. He is a member of the Music
> Educators National Conference, National Catholic Band Directors Association,
> International Association of Jazz Educators and the National Band
> The place sounds like a hotbed of jazz to me . . .
>> From: "John Farrell" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Taking the week off...
>> Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2002 07:01:41 +0100
>> In one of his highly entertaining posts Charlie Hooks said :
>> " We've considered moving out to Bismark, No Dak. State capital. State
>> library is there. Beautiful clean small city. Computers don't care where
>> you live. Bank says my house in Chicago (suburb) is worth $800,000. I can
>> buy a much better house in Bismark for just under two grand. (snip) But the
>> music is the Great Problem. All country-western. No OKOM. No
>> classical players, let alone a symphony. Forget the Opera. Umm..."
>> Apart from one awful outfit there were no OKOM bands locally. I tried to
>> live without it but the withdrawal symptoms became too painful to bear. The
>> only alternative was for me to start my own band - it took quite a while to
>> find 16 competent local musicians interested in playing MKOM but with
>> perseverance and luck I got there in the end. You should hear us now !!
>> Charlie - why don't you move to Bismark and do the same thing?
>> John Farrell