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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001124.txt from 1997/12

From: "Lou and Ruth Polcari" <>
Subj: Re: books on reeds
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 1997 18:26:21 -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.

Hi Roger, I only heard his name at the university when I was there and
assumed Vagner was spelled with a W and not a V which would be in German
Fagner. Sorry about that.


>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
>> 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

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