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1941 calendar with a photograph of the WIBW Round-Up Gang

1941 calendar with a photograph of the WIBW Round-Up Gang
Date: 1941
This is a calendar with a photograph of the WIBW Round-Up Gang and an advertisement for Pe-Ru-Na, cold medicine. The calendar was distributed by Consolidated Drug Trade Products, a Division of Consolidated Royal Chemical Corp in Chicago, Illinois.


Cowan drum corps at Saint Paul, Kansas

Cowan drum corps at Saint Paul, Kansas
Date: 1890
This is a photograph of the Cowan Drum Corps taken in Saint Paul, Kansas. Henry Cowan organized the drum corps which entertained at Old Settler's picnics, G.A.R. reunions, and special gatherings. Members of the band are: back row (left to right) Edwin Henry Harrison Cowan, George Cowan, Willie Wowan, Frank Johnson and front row Harry Cowan and Charlie Cowan. The flag in the photograph was made by Mrs. McAlister and other young women in the community. John Mason , a farmer and Civil War veteran, painted the stars and made the staff. It was used on many patriotic occasions, and later the flag fell into the custody of the Cowan family.


Leander Jones

Leander Jones
Date: 1890-1900
This is a studio portrait of Leander Jones, Paxico, Kansas, wearing the uniform of the Paxico band and holding a trombone.


Marian McPartland and Todd Strait

Marian McPartland and Todd Strait
Date: Between 1984 and 1985
This is a photograph of Marian McPartland, well known jazz pianist and Todd Strait, jazz drummer. Strait grew up in Topeka, Kansas, and attended Seaman High School where he started playing the drums and became interested in jazz music. He entered the Slingerland-Bellson National Drum Contest at age 17 and completed the final round in Las Vegas, Nevada, in second place. After graduating from Seaman High School, he moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he studied at the University of Bridgeport with Ed Soph as part of a scholarship awarded through the contest. Todd joined Marian McPartland's Trio from 1982-1989, was also a member of Tal Farlow's trio and Barney Kessel's trio throughout the 80's as well as free lancing throughout New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. Todd enjoyed a short three month stint with Woody Herman's Thundering Herd in 1986. Returning to Kansas City in late 1989, he spent the 90's performing, recording, and traveling nationally and internationally with Kevin Mahogany (1995-2000), Eldar (1999-2010), and Karrin Allyson (1991-2014). He frequently returns to KC to play and record with Bob Bowman, Danny Embrey, Rod Fleeman, and Paul Smith.


Marilyn Maye onstage at a Topeka Jazz Workshop concert

Marilyn Maye onstage at a Topeka Jazz Workshop concert
Date: November 15, 1993
This photograph shows Marilyn Maye, a jazz vocalist who was born in Wichita in 1928, onstage at a Topeka Jazz Workshop concert. She began singing on the WIBW radio station in Topeka when she was 9 years old, and performed for 11 years at the Colony in Kansas City, Missouri. She had appeared frequently on television--notably 76 times on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. In 1966, she received a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist, and in 2008, she received the Kansas Arts Commission's Distinguished Arts Award. The Kansas Native Sons and Daughters named her Kansan of the Year in 2012.


Messiah performers and chorus at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas

Messiah performers and chorus at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas
Creator: Grondal, B.G.
Date: April 10, 1900-April 15, 1900
This is a photograph showing the Messiah performers and chorus plus views of the Ladies Hall and the Main College building at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. On the back of the photograph, is the Messiah program.


Musical Doctors at the Egyptian Club in Topeka, Kansas

Musical Doctors at the Egyptian Club in Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1940s-1950s
This is a photograph showing the Musical Doctors playing at the Egyptian Club in Topeka, Kansas. John R. Martinez is second from right playing the trumpet.


Rondelli Remembered:  Recital to Honor Her Brilliant Career in Opera and Her Outstanding Success as a Teacher of Classical Voice

Rondelli Remembered: Recital to Honor Her Brilliant Career in Opera and Her Outstanding Success as a Teacher of Classical Voice
Creator: University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio
Date: June 02, 2012
Barbara Rondelli Perry was born October 19, 1939 in Chicopee, Kansas. She graduated from Chicopee Grade School (1944-1952), Cherokee High School (1952-1956), and Kansas State Teachers College in Pittsburg with a Bachelor of Music and Vocal Performance (1956-1960). After graduation, Barbara was a Fulbright Scholar and attended the Royal Academy of Music, London, where she studied with Dame Eva Turner, (1960-1962). Upon graduation, she received a Licentiate Diplomas from the Royal Academy of Music in Performance and Teaching of Singing. Barbara attended the Accademia Chigiana, Siena, Italy, where she studied in Art Song and Performance (1963). In 1963, she married Johan van der Merwe, an orchestral conductor from South Africa. Barbara sang professionally in Europe, America, and South Africa from 1964-1975. In 1978, she received a Master of Music from Kansas State College, Pittsburg, Kansas in Vocal Performance. From 1975-2011, she was Professor of Music and Voice in the Department of Music, University of Toledo and was named Professor Emerita. Her husband Johan van der Merew died in 1996 and she later married Richard Russell Perry, Professor of Higher Education, Emeritus, University of Toledo on June 11, 2000.


Todd Strait, Paul Smith and Bob Bowman

Todd Strait, Paul Smith and Bob Bowman
Date: Between 2000 and 2005
This is a photograph of jazz musicians Todd Strait, Paul Smith and Bob Bowman. Strait grew up in northeast Shawnee County, Kansas, and attended Seaman High School where he started playing the drums and became interested in jazz music. He entered the Slingerland-Bellson National Drum Contest at age 17 and completed the final round in Las Vegas, Nevada, in second place. After graduating from Seaman High School, he moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he studied at the University of Bridgeport with Ed Soph as part of a scholarship awarded through the contest. Todd joined Marian McPartland's Trio from 1982-1989, also was a member of Tal Farlow's trio and Barney Kessel's trio throughout the '80s as well as free lancing throughout New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. Todd enjoyed a short 3 month stint with Woody Herman's Thundering Herd in 1986. Returning to Kansas City in late 1989, he spent the 90's performing, recording, and traveling nationally and internationally with Kevin Mahogany (1995-2000), Eldar (1999-2010), and Karrin Allyson (1991-2014). He frequently returns to KC to play and record with Bob Bowman, Danny Embrey, Rod Fleeman, Paul Smith, etc.


Todd Strait conducting a workshop at the Clay Center Community High School in Clay Center, Kansas

Todd Strait conducting a workshop at the Clay Center Community High School in Clay Center, Kansas
Date: 1997
Here are six photographs showing Todd Strait conducting a drum clinic at the Clay Center Community High School in Clay Center, Kansas. Strait grew up in northeast Shawnee County, Kansas, and attended Seaman High School where he started playing the drums and became interested in jazz music. He entered the Slingerland-Bellson National Drum Contest at age 17 and completed the final round in Las Vegas, Nevada, in second place. After graduating from Seaman High School, he moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he studied at the University of Bridgeport with Ed Soph as part of a scholarship awarded through the contest. Todd joined Marian McPartland's Trio from 1982-1989, also was a member of Tal Farlow's trio and Barney Kessel's trio throughout the '80s as well as free lancing throughout New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. Todd enjoyed a short 3 month stint with Woody Herman's Thundering Herd in 1986. Returning to Kansas City in late 1989, he spent the 90's performing, recording, and traveling nationally and internationally with Kevin Mahogany (1995-2000), Eldar (1999-2010), and Karrin Allyson (1991-2014). He frequently returns to KC to play and record with Bob Bowman, Danny Embrey, Rod Fleeman, Paul Smith, etc.


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