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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001123.txt from 1997/12

From: Roger Garrett <>
Subj: Re: books on reeds
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 1997 17:46:50 -0500


Just a small correction - the person you mention below is the late Robert
Vagner (not Wagner!). He was instrumental (no pun intended) in building
both the band and clarinet programs at University of Oregon between 1950
and 1977 (the year he retired). He has other little pamphlets out as
well, one published by Leblanc, one by Carl Fischer, etc....they are all
little gems if one can find them!

Vagner was one of the original Leblanc artist representatives.....that is,
before he went back to Buffet! He played on a Kasper mouthpiece with
Vandoren reeds.....was a TERRIFIC teacher, and was a fine conductor -
eventually became president of the College Band Directors National
Association......thing is, he maintained his performance ability on
clarinet right up to his retirement. When he died of Parkinson's disease
in the about 8 years ago, the music world lost a great person,
clarinetist, and wind expert.

Roger Garrett

On Tue, 30 Dec 1997, Lou and Ruth Polcari wrote:

> Hi Karen, there is a very good little book published by the University of
> Oregon, written by the retired Dr. Wagner. Dr. Wagner was the clarinet
> teacher there before Dr. Wayne Bennett. This is a very good book and has
> every thing you want to know about reeds but thought other instrumentalist
> would thing you were crazy if you asked. If you were to Call Wayne I am
> sure he could get a copy of the book for you.
> Good luck.
> Lou Polcari
> >I have a new student (playing at an intermediate to advanced level) who is
> >interested in learning all there is to know about reeds. Is there a book
> >that I could recommend to him that would describe how to care for and shape
> >reeds? He is also looking for a sort of "how to" book on caring for the
> >, oiling, pads, etc. I don't spend enough
> >time with him to teach him enough and still work on his playing!
> >
> >Thanks,
> >Karen
> >

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