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Johnson, Mike (ed.) / Leblanc Bell : A newsletter for music retailers, educators, employees and friends of G. Leblanc Corporation
(May 6, 1996)

Grace notes,   pp. 14-15

Page 15

Leblanc chairman and cofounder Vito
Pascucci has received an honorary doc-
tor of humane letters degree from the
University of South Dakota. Ceremo-
nies took place during the school's 20th
winter commencement exercises, held
on Saturday, December 16, 1995, at
Slagel Auditorium on the USD grounds
in Vermillion. Pascucci was cited for
his efforts to enhance the collection of
the university's Shrine to Music
Museum, of which Pascucci and G.
Leblanc Corporation have been mem-
bers for twelve years. The Shrine to
Music Museum, a nonprofit organiza-
tion supported in part by the State of
South Dakota and by its private mem-
bership, houses one of the nation's most
extensive collections of rare and early
wind, stringed and keyboard instru-
ments. Pascucci has previously received
honorary degrees from Florida A&M
University in Tallahassee, Florida, and
from Wartburg College in Waverly,
Vito Pascucci receives an honorary doc-
torate from University of South Dakota
president Betty Turner Ashen.
With a trombone fanfare,
Jacques Gaudet and Gerhard
Meinl (left and right, in photo at
left) of Antoine Courtois brass-
winds, presented Leblanc presi-
dent Leon Pascucci with a
specially made Courtois flue-
gelhorn in March at the Frank-
furt Music Fair, commemorating
Leblanc's 50th anniversary in
America. Leblanc is exclusive
North American distributor of
Courtois brasswinds. The gold-
plated fluegelhorn is hand-en-
graved with an Eiffel Tower and
Uncle Sam, symbolizing the two
companies' cross-continental
friendship. The Slokar Trom-
bone Quartet of Dresden, Ger-
many, contributed to the
impromptu pomp.
In a January Chicago perfor-
mance, septuagenarian jazz
trumpeter Clark Terry intro-
duced the audience to his new
friend-a gleaming blue-lac-
quered model T3465 Martin
Committee trumpet inscribed
with his name and a "Happy 75th
Birthday" message. The trum-
pet was presented last year to
Mr. Terry in honor of his birth-
day by fellow Martin trumpeter
Wallace Roney. Before the per-
formance, Clark met Leblanc
chief brasswind designer Larry Ramirez (pictured, right) and told him he hadn't
played any other trumpet since. Still in peak form, Clark shows no signs of letup
in his technique, creativity or enthusiasm. A passionate advocate of music educa-
tion, he is an immensely popular and charismatic performer, delighting audiences
not only with his trumpet, but also with his hilarious "mumbles" jazz vocals.
Colonel John R. Bourgeois, director of
"The President's Own" United States
Marine Band and
music advisor to the
White House, an-
nounced January 26
that he will retire
after nearly 40 years
as Marine Band
Director. Bourgeois
has the distinction
of being the first
musician in the
Marine Corps to serve in every rank
from private to colonel, receiving count-
less awards and honors. He will con-
duct his final concert as director of
"The President's Own" in a change-of-
command ceremony July 11 at DAR
Constitution Hall. Thank you, Colo-
nel, for four decades of distinguished
and dedicated service to music and to
the United States.
American Demographics magazine, the
business world's consumer-trend bible,
examined the musical instrument
industry's recent boom in its March,
1996, cover story. It credited the up-
surge in music-product spending on
higher discretionary income, lower
credit card interest rates and the rising
number of school-aged children in their
prime music-learning years. Music edu-
cation received special focus, with the
article citing scientific research that
shows connections between music
study and scholastic achievement and
mentioning issues such as Goals 2000
and school-district budget cuts. It also
pointed out that 63 percent of today's
instrument-playing teens learned at
school instead of private lessons, com-
pared to only 38 percent of the total
number of current and former players,
indicating a growing dependence on
school for music education. Ei

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