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 Robert McGinnis/Lee Gibson/Val Henrich
Author: shuaiclar 
Date:   2013-03-02 03:47

Can anyone help me find some information on these clarinetists (Robert McGinnis/Lee Gibson/Val Henrich)? Specifically, where they studied and who they studied with, as well as what orchestras they played in. I already know that McGinnis played with NYPhil and Val Henrich played in Denver Symphony and taught Hasty. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks.


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 Re: Robert McGinnis/Lee Gibson/Val Henrich
Author: Joseph Brenner, Jr. 
Date:   2013-03-03 02:44

My understanding about McGinnis is that he was a Bonade student and was principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic. He preceded Stanley Drucker at NY; whether he was influential in hiring Drucker I do not know, but, I believe, Drucker was hired by the Philharmonic during McGinnis's tenure. According to a Carl Fischer/Buffet publication in the early 1960's, he (and the other clarinetists) played Buffet. He is said to have used a George Jenny mouthpiece with a #5 reed.

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 Re: Robert McGinnis/Lee Gibson/Val Henrich
Author: kdk 2017
Date:   2013-03-03 12:54

I assume you've done some Googling (Binging, etc.)? There is, for example, a listing at
of Philadelphia Orchestra musicians through its history (quickly scanning it I noticed several current players, so it's generally comprehensive). McGinnis was Principal Clarinet under Stokowski from 1930 to 1940, having replaced Bonade while McGinnis was still a student at Curtis (he officially graduated in 1935). There are also musicians' listings on this site for Boston, Cleveland (where McGinnis played after Philadelphia), Chicago, New York Met Opera Orchestra and San Francisco (where McGinnis played after he left the NY Phil) orchestras.

There is a Doctoral Thesis in PDF format at
by Tracey Lynn Paddock entitled "A Biographical Dictionary of Twentieth-Century American Clarinetists." I haven't read though it, but quick searches for the players you ask about found many references to each of them.


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 Re: Robert McGinnis/Lee Gibson/Val Henrich
Author: johng 2017
Date:   2013-03-03 19:55

Val P. Henrich (Valentine Peter Henrich, aka Tiny) was born in 1890 in Pennsylvania. His parents were from Germany. I do not know much about his education on clarinet, but know that Hasty studied with him as a youngster, traveling by train from his home in Kansas to Denver. David Etheridge also studied with Tiny during high school, as did I, but for a shorter period. Tiny had a beautiful tone quality with a special "ping" to his tonguing sound, something David Etheridge managed to maintain. Henrich died in 1980.

John Gibson, Founder of JB Linear Music,

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 Re: Robert McGinnis/Lee Gibson/Val Henrich
Author: CapnCheapo 
Date:   2013-03-04 21:36

Incidentally, Lee Gibson passed a little over a month ago. I was kind of surprised nobody posted anything on that.

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