Deahl, Robert 2000-06-16

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Robert Deahl talks about his first music lessons, his musical training and education, his musical career in the military, and his time teaching music in Austria.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Robert Deahl

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Date: June 16, 2000

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Leslie Dutton

Length: 55 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: [VERY DIFFICULT TO HEAR], First music lessons, Why he choose the trombone, High school music teacher’s background, Other instruments studied, Conducting experience during high school, Experience playing in a band for the J&L Steel Company picnic, 50-100 steel workers standing around singing opera with the band, Applying to colleges – 1945, Conservatory life, Some students felt left out of campus life, Robert’s involvement in campus life, College degrees earned from Overland Conservatory and College, Requirements for the degrees and courses taken, Comparison between preparation for sports event and a musical event, Physical memory involved in music preparation, Mental preparation, Military career, Story about taking aptitude tests when entering the Air Force, Joining the Sampson Airs, Teaching at the Air Force band school, Air Force band overseas concerts, Travel opportunities, Music selections chosen according to the country in which it was performed, Concerts used to establish goodwill toward America, Concerts being broadcast over radio, Returning to school for a music education degree after his discharge from the Air Force

Tape 1, Side 2: [VERY DIFFICULT TO HEAR], Working as a music teacher, Coming to work at Texas Tech – 1958, Reason for selecting Texas Tech, One year contract, Returning to Overland Conservatory to teach, Living and working in Austria, Fairy tale environment, Size of classes, Music theory classes, Skiing during his lunch break, Scenic beauty and cultural scene, Student concert tours, Quality of education, Textbooks, Exchange of students between Austria and Overton, Description of practice organs, Movement of instruments across international boarders, The Sound of Music filming in Austria

Range Dates: 1940-1969

Bulk Dates: 1945-1969

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