The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on October 10, 1971 · Page 9
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The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas · Page 9

Hutchinson, Kansas
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Sunday, October 10, 1971
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Dick Soloist for First Symphony Concert BRUCE WAGNER For the first time, the Hutchinson Symphony Orchestra counts four parent-child duos in its membership this year. They are: Steve Ambler, orchestra president, and daughter, Janis, both French horn players;*Bill Hutchinson, orchestra business manager, violinist, and daughter, Janet Fisher, flutist; Leo Ashcfaft, French horn, and son, Bob, bass viol: Bob Zimmer, oboe, and daughter, Beth, violinist. Mrs. Fisher and her husband, Dennis, trumpet player in the symphony, chose the Hutchinson area for their school teaching jobs because of the possible opportunity to play in the symphony., Mrs. Fisher teaches at Bentley and Fisher at in the Burrton-Mount Hope district. They live in Burrfon. Concert Oct. 28 The orchestra of 68 members has been hard at work since the first of September on the opening concert Oct. 28, which will present Hutchinson pianist, James Dick, as soloist. He will play the Liszt Concertd No. 2. Ths orchestra's season ticket sale continues at the season ticket price of $6 for adults and $2 for students. Three additional concerts will be presented on Thursday nights during the year. Special guests will be Bruce Williams and Kent Coleman, violin and viola combination, and the winners of the Symphony Guild auditions. One program will be an all-symphony concert. The symphony board is studying the possibility of presenting a fifth concert, a pop concert, in observance of Hutchinson's centennial. SUSAN KILLIAN NEW SYMPHONY MEMBERS . . . Pausing at rehearsal last week are new members of the Hutchinson Symphony. They are, front row, from left, Janis Ambler, 219 East 13th; Ann Dawson, RFD 1; Susan Killian, 2600 Derenda; Beth Zimmer, 607 West 23rd; second row, Ann Arnett, 507 East 9th; Patty Kales, 502 William; Candy Craig, 2703 Van Buren; Shannon Drew, 3111 Farmington; Dianne Hodges, Pratt; third row, Nancy Bailey, Hutchinson Com- niunity College student from Wichita; Steve Spence, McPherson; Bruce Wagner, McPherson; Quinanna Hefner, HCC student from Sublette; Robie Watson, 11 South Severance; fourth row, Tom Zercher, 426 East 14th; Jim Swiggart, 1605 Pleasant; Tom King, McPherson; Jon Davis, 11 Detroit Drive, South Hutchinson; Dennis Fisher, Burrton; Leo Ashcraft, 16 Lawndale. Suggestion Box Dead By MARY ANN CRABB Among Hutchinson's largest businesses, the suggestion box is dead. Neither the formal suggestion program for a cash reward nor the anonymous suggestion slipped into a slotted tin box is used. Instead management relies on receiving suggestions or complaints from employes through supervisors, up the chain of command. At Krause Plow employe suggestions are considered every month at a meeting of the employes' advisory board with management. A suggestion box is set up near the time clock, but It seldom has a suggestion in it. "Each employe has the right to go to a member of the advisory board with a suggestion," said Ralph Dunlop, sales vice president. Each department selects a representative to the advisory board. ".We listen carefully to em­ ployes," said Dunlop. Changed Conditions Suggestions from employes have changed working conditions regarding such things as lights, fans, repair of machinery. Employes also make suggestions about new procedures which may be incorporated into the work of their departments. Most of the other businesses contacted said suggestions are made to department heads or supervisors. "We receive a lot of/good suggestions on methods, processes, better ways of doing things and improving tools," said Ed Doberty, Cessna personnel manager. "We feel suggestions are part of the job. If you want your job tomorrow, you do what you can to improve it today. It's part of the line supervisor's responsibility to handle suggestions and complaints, weigh them, and decide whether to take action or carry them up to the next level." Tries to Listen Jim McGuire, FAR-MAR-CO personnel manager, said the company tries to listen to suggestions. "We try,to have each person understand'who his immediate superior is and what the chain of command is. We feel we have open communication," he said. In operation of the bulgur plant, for example, a worker who develops a better way of doing something is expected to pass his idea on to the next person. One company said it had a formal suggestion program several years ago and several good suggestions were received. A method of saving money on postage, suggested three years ago, is still being used. Suggestions of Southwestern Bell employes might change the daily office routine, but anything of a major nature must be approved by the St. Louis office. Sometimes one employe's suggestion is used and it affects work procedures of the other 60,000. The Hesston' Corporation, which employes 811 persons at Hesston, has no formal suggestion program. A well known program mentioned by several personnel officers is at Boeing Aircraft, Wichita 1 . At The News, where the suggestion box has not been opened for a year, an employe, digging out the key, said, "Oh my goodness, you don't suppose there is something in there?" (There wasn't). Page 9 The Hutchinson News CHARLES DAVIS, Wesley Towers, plays 'To the Colors* at flag raising ceremony at Wesley Totvers. At 78, He Still Prewtices Davis Once Played Cornet for Sousa Sunday, October 10, 1971 • • • . By MILLIE HURLAHB News Weekend Editor As a child, Charles Davis paid for his cornet lessons with four old hens. Since then, he has played under the direction of John Phillip Sousa, traveled with several bands on the old Cha- tauqua Circuit, directed bands, and been acclaimed many times for his skillful playing. At 78, he still practices three or four times every day. He also taught school for 27 years and served as a state vocational and rehabilitation counselor 18 years. Davis and his • wife moved from Dodge City to Wesley Towers in March of 1970. Although he is retired, he manages to keep busy with his cornet and a short wave radio he has recently become interested in as a hobby. Although music has always played an important part in his life, Davis' school teaching career was not in the music field. A graduate of Kansas State College of Agriculture (now Kansas State University,) he taught vocational agriculture at Washburn High School before becoming principal there. He then taught sociology, psychology, general science, and other subjects. "I might have gotten much further with the cornet, if I had studied more and continued to play professionally, but I'm certainly not sorry I chose teaching. I got a great deal of satisfaction out of that life," he said. Playing "Natural" , Learning to play an instrument was just a "natural" thing in Davis' family. H i s father played a base, one brother a baritone, and another brother the clarinet. "We lived on a farm in Clay County when I was a child. And we all belonged to the Exeter (township) Band. We had 40 cows to milk, all by hand of course, in those days, and whenever we had a band engagement, we had to get started early to get the work done. After we had milked the cows we'd polish our instruments, put on our green band uniforms, get in the surrey and hurry as fast as we could to wherever we were supposed to play," he said. One year the Exeter Band won first prize, $15, at the Clay County Fair. He also played in the Kappa Gamma Band in Clay Center and in the band add orchestra in college. He was named Principal Musician of his college band. While in col* lege, he also played in a theater orchestra, "for tba movies, In the days before sound." It was during Worjlcl War I, when he was in the Navy Band, that he played under John Phillip Sousa's direction. Sousa directed the Navy Band which toured the country to stimulate Victory Bond sales. After touring with Sousa, Davis' band was assigned to the, USS Pennsylvania, flagship of the Atlantic Fleet. There, he studied with Herbert L. Clark, Sousa's cornet soloist. Davis received his Master's Degree from the University of Kansas and was a member of the university's concert band in 1916. He joined the Ellis Brooks Band, in Chicago, during summer vacations from college, and traveled with them playing Chatauqua engagements. Later he played with Jaroslav Cimera and his Czecho - Slovak band. ' "William Jennings Bryant was the Chatauqua speaker while I was with Cimera's band. He always spoke after we played, so I got to see a lot of him," Davis said. Always in Band The Davis' have lived in many cities in the state and Davis has always either joined or directed a band wherever he went. He directed the Scott City Band at one time, and, while teaching in Topeka, organized and directed the Washburn College Band, and later the Washburn High School Band. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Dodge City Cowboy Band, and has appeared as a soloist or as a member of the orchestra of many Methodist churches in the state. His eyes are getting too bad now to read and learn new music, but he still plays many of the old songs he learned when he was younger. These include many intricate concert numbers, and, although he doesn't believe he plays as well as he once did, most people would disagree. "It still sounds wonderful to me, although I don't have his ear for music," Mrs. Davis said. "But he gets compliments from people who do know music whenever he plays, so I don't think he's lost his ability." At Wesley Towers, Davis and Byron White, a singer who also is a resident, have organized weekly "Sing-Alongs," to which all residents are invited. "Everyone always seems to enjoy those sessions," Davis said. A stack of records and a stereo occupy a prominent position in the Davis' living room. Raefeal Mendez is his favorite artist, although he also enjoys Herb Alpert. "Mendez really is tops. He plays more of the concert type numbers with which I'm familiar. Herbert L. Clark, Sousa 's cornetist, is also one of my favorites,'! Davis said.

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