Shortly after presenting Funny Thing #2 (in BW Vol. 21 #4) I spoke with several people who were involved in the Gunnison Music Camp. It WAS an amazing place where many of the world's finest players gathered and became part of a professional director's band for two weeks, while hundreds of students also played in bands, attended concerts, etc.
Recently I got recordings from Kate Hawkins (whose husband, Robert ran the Gunnison Camp), Charles Martyn (W. Virginia Institute of Technology ret.) and Duane Mikow (Univ. of Alaska ret.). These are a treasury of wonderful players who came together in those summers for many years. Included were players like Bill Bell, Arnold Jacobs, and Harvey Phillips on tuba, Philip Farkas on horn and others like Sigurd Rascher, Leonard Falcone and so many others.
Included here is the Directors' Band recording of "Peter and the Wolf" as set for winds by Robert Hawkins and narrated by tubist, Bill Bell. It one of numerous recordings released to provide revenue for the Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Play Peter and the Wolf