The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 3, 1968 · Page 26
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 26

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, November 3, 1968
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' E5, Post-Times (A a SECTION C FOR HfoMEN SUNDAY. NOVEMBER 3, 1968 ( I 18 PAGES Free Concert Today A-ONE-AND-A -TWO Rudolph von Unruh directs a rehearsal of the Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches. Free concert today, 3 p.m., Howard Park. - i ft " i g , .". f ? '.If f i ' T-'TTi 'M !M F rill lo iJ j LJjj ' j JL Kiiji' i ! 7!i ' '. V wf in:; ,v J- if . . 1 U vl . " 1 1 i4 p hi lnm A Ti I till ':u,JiLai.A BIOLOGY TEACHER Mrs. Will Dix Jr. plays flute and piccolo when she is not involved with her teaching duties at Riviera Beach High School. OOM-PAH PAH! D. W. Krichbaum, who works for the Purchasing Department of the Town of Palm Beach, is an "outstanding" musician on his big shiny tuba. All Together Now, Let's Strike Up The Band Pratt and Whitney's engineer Jacob Burrows, and field representative Bill Gifford. Bill Wells, baritone horn player, is a retired army bandsman now with the Lantana Post Office. Jim St. Clair, a school band director in Stuart, is an outstanding clarinetist. French horn player Edwin Gould retired to North Palm Beach after a teaching career in the midwest. Wendell Smith is a technician at R.C.A. when he's not playing his saxophone. Richard Torde and Paul Holzknecht are students at Palm Beach Junior College, Andrea Splittberger and Lorn Tryk play their clarinets for Palm Beach Gardens High School, and band fluctuates between 40 and 60 members. "Summer vacations take their toll," von Unruh admits. "And when school starts, we always lose some players to distant colleges." But word of mouth soon alerts other instrumentalists, who show up to take their places. At the moment, von Unruh has a particular need for several good clarinetists and percussionists. However, he would welcome any good instrumentalist, he emphasizes, pointing out that there is always a need for more French horns, trumpets, flutes, and oboes. The musicians in the band are almost a cross section of the county. For example, there are Wayne Leonard and Danny Howard are talented and versatile Riviera Beach High School students. The hand is sponsored jointly by the West Palm Beach Recreation Department and by the Palm Beach County Department of Adult and Veteran Education, under Paul L. Phillips. The dreamy days when we could listen to band music at the old bandstand at the foot of Clematis Street are gone forever. But lovers of band music can still hear their county band on the first Sunday afternoon of every month, when concerts are presented under the trees at Howard Park. (In the event of bad weather, the concerts are held in the auditorium of Palm Beach High School.) Perhaps listening to that grand old foot-stomping music will remind someone that there's a French horn or maybe a soprano sax out in the garage, just waiting to be dusted off, tuned up, and put into practice. By SHEILA TRYK Staff Writer Every Monday night, they come to Riviera Beach from all over the county. Junior high students, senior citizens, and every age in between, they travel from as far away as Delray Beach and Stuart, to rehearse with the Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches. Bound together by a common love of rousing band music, engineers, policemen, housewives, mailmen, students, and retirees turn out to blow up a storm. They work hard, get no pay, and have a wonderful time. The Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches was organized some five years ago by a group of local amateur musicians under trumpet player Ray Bender. Rudolph von Unruh, head of the music department at Riviera Beach High School, became the band's director soon after his arrival in the area. Depending on circumstances, the size of the But Make It Symphonic A aw a .ft ' J .'4 ,- V It. , '..ft Ji Vl "x vfe, -c ; fe. - - N-i j - RETIRED BANDMASTER, French horn player Edwin Gould is retired after a career as a music teacher and bandmaster in high schools In the midwest. TRICKY BLOW Above, left, Wayne Leonard, Riviera Beach High School student, plays the difficult bassoon. f V PEEK-A-BOO Left, blonde Jin Klrtland, now a student at the University of Florida, is almost hidden by her big bass drum. ZUM-ZUM-ZUM! - Paul Holzknecht, Palm Beach Junior College student, is a study in concentration as he strums his string bass. J

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