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Famous Missouri Musicians

A short prezi about famous Missouri Musicians.

Lisa Evans

on 5 July 2011

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MUSICIANS cLAUDE T. SMITH Born in Monroe City, Missouri,
and attended Central Methodist College
in Fayette, Missouri, for his undergraduate. Wrote 110 band works,
12 orchestra works, and
15 choral works. This is an example of one of his works. Smith also composed solos
for the following performers:
"Doc" Severinsen, Dale Underwood,
Brian Bowman, Warren Covington,
Gary Foster, Rich Matteson, and
Steve Seward. Smith also taught in the
public schools of Nebraska
and Missouri. Unfortunately, Smith passed away on December 13, 1987, in Kansas City, Missouri. He had just completed conducting a Christmas Concert at his church. Scott Hayden Hayden was born in Sedalia, Missouri, on March 31, 1882. Hayden is best known for co-writing
four "rags" with another famous
Missourian, Scott Joplin. They wrote Sunflower Slow Drag, Felicity Rag, Something Doing, and Kismet Rag. Hayden died in Chicago of
tuberculosis on September 16, 1915. Scott Joplin, even though
he was born in Texas in c.1867,
Sedalia, Missouri, claims Joplin
as one of their famous musicians. Joplin is considered the
"King of RagtimeWriters." What is Ragtime? Ragtime is a style of jazz characterized
by elaborately syncopated rhythm in
the melody. "Ragtime" came from the fact that
the music is actually written down.
The paper that the music was written
on was referred to as a "rag." Joplin attended the George R. Smith College
located in Sedalia, Missouri. Joplin's name is listed in
the 1900-1901 Music
Department Roster. Other influences on Joplin
include his parents who were both musical. His father played the violin and his mother sang and played
the banjo. Joplin traveled to many places. On one of those adventures, Joplin
met Tom Turpin in St. Louis, Missouri.
Turpin was also a ragtime musician. Joplin also traveled to Chicago
for the World's Fair in 1893.
He played the cornet and served as the band leader. They performed outside
the fairground where Joplin met yet another musician, Otis Saunders. Joplin's most popular songs
include the "Maple Leaf Rag" and, of course, "The Entertainer." To listen to some examples
of Joplin's music please
enjoy the next site. http://shs.umsystem.edu/famousmissourians/musicians/joplin/images/joplin_music/index.html Joplin also ended up in New York City.
He performed in vaudeville shows and
continued to write new songs. Joplin was working on an opera, Treemonisha, at the time of his death
on April 1, 1917. unfortunately the opera failed to gain financial backing for a full production. Another famous Missouri musician
is John William "Blind" Boone. Boone was born on May 17, 1864, in Miami, Missouri. His Mother, Rachel, moved Boone to Warrensburg after being either freed or escaped from slavery.. At the age of 6 months, he developed
cerebral meningitis or "brain fever."
The only treatment known at the
time led to blindness, hence his
name "Blind" Boone. The townspeople recognized and
encouraged his musical talent at a
very early age. In fact, he even started
a band with friends and played
for parades. It was necessary for Boone
to attend a special school
in St. Louis, the Missouri
School for the Blind. At school Boone met an older
student, Enoch Donnely, who
gave up a portion of his own
practice time to teach the eager
Boone. Boone was able to
remember and play everything
he heard, even if he had heard
it only once. Unfortunately, Boone skipped school to practice
and was eventually dismissed due to his absences. He tried to make it on his own in St. Louis but eventually he went broke. Boone then returned home. The turning point in Boone's life and career was meeting contractor John Lange Jr. who also owned an
entertainment hall in Columbia,
Missouri. Lange wanted everyone to
understand that Boone was a person
of talent not one of sympathy because
of his blindness. Lange's motto for Boone was "Merit, Not Sympathy, Wins" and was printed on every concert program. After completing forty-seven touring seasons,
Boone eventually retired in June 1927, and lived
in Columbia, Missouri, with his wife. He lived his
life believing that to achieve greatness one had
to study and practice. He would spend six hours
a day practicing. He could play almost any
instrument but the piano remained his favorite. Because Boone was suffering some health issues, he
decided to journey to Arkansas to visit a health spring. On a stop to visit his stepbrother in Warrensburg, Boone
suffered a fatal heart attack and died at the age of 63. Boone was buried in the black section of the Columbia cemetery without a marker.
Boone is still considered a nationally
known and beloved musical genius. But What About Missouri Performers of Today? Sheryl Crow was born on February 11, 1962,
in Kennett, Missouri, to a very musical family. She graduated from the University of Missouri
with a music education degree. Sheryl started teaching
but decided to go after her dreams...to become
a professional singer and songwriter. Sheryl was successful but only after
working hard to achieve success. She spent a lot of time as back up vocalist for Michael Jackson, Sting, Foreigner, Stevie Wonder, and Rod Stewart, as well as Don Henley. And what about our own hometown American Idol? David Cook, born in Texas but
calls Blue Springs, Missouri, his home
because he was raised right in our own neighborhood. David credits his start to his second grade music teacher with a part in a school Christmas performance. Thanks Mrs. Gentry. Cook also graduated from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Missouri, with a degree in graphic design. But then he followed his dream and became the 7th season American Idol Winner. But what made Sheryl Crow and David Cook
chase their dreams?
Do you know other potential Missouri Musicians? Essential Questions:
What did it take for all these Missouri Musicians
to become successful in following their dreams? What does it take to become a professional musician
now compared to earlier days? What sacrafices and hardships did they all overcome to reach their success in music? Resources:
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