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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000587.txt from 2001/04

From: "Gene Nibbelin" <gnibbelin@-----.com>
Subj: [kl] Revelli
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 00:36:31 -0400

Listers (and Roger Garrett) ---

I was a member of the University of Illinois Concert Band from the Spring
Semester of 1946 through the Spring Semester 1948 (when the money ran out).
During this time the band was 90% or more ex-GI's. Based on the many
stories that I have heard about Mr. Revelli's tactics, I have often wondered
how his unprofessional actions would have been accepted by the University of
Illinois GI's (V-12 Program) and ex-GI's.

In my short career at the U of I, I played under the direction of Dr. Austin
A. Harding, Dr. Clarence Sawhill and Dr. Mark Hindsley. I don't remember of
any time that any of them raised their voices in anger, much less made
personal attacks on members of the band. We treated our conductors with
great respect and they treated us with respect. And without the "Revelli
Intimidation Method", they produced a very good Concert Band.

Roger, was Dr. Revelli teaching at the college level in the later 40's and
early 50's when he would have faced the WWII veterans? If he did and used
his well-known "methods" on them, I wonder what the results were.

Just curious..................

Gene Nibbelin

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