May 2, 1974
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|Introductions and Kurtz's first instructor and instrument||0:00|
|Well-known players in Kurtz's youth. Playing with Mattatuck||01:56|
|Milford Grenadiers history. American Graphophone. Other smaller-name corps. Bob Saunders||03:06|
|Sturtze and the Montrose corps. Major Teta||08:10|
|Doc Wheeler. Began (sp?) brothers competing against Frank Fancher. Worcester Continentals and their fifes. Odell Chapman||09:24|
|Powder Dunn and the Dunn Brothers||13:11|
|The O'Neill's of Brooklyn. Ruth O'Neill||13:57|
|Dan English. Study with J Burns Moore||14:31|
|Morris Levy. The Steeplechase corps||15:27|
|Kurtz's definition of Ancient. "Monkey" bands. Ancient style||19:50|
|Riker Post GAR (Brooklyn)||23:12|
|Odell Chapman and Thread City corps. Frank Fancher. 1925 competition. Ludwig's involvement. Gus Moeller and Fancher working for Ludwig||25:06|
|Gus Moeller. His playing style vs. English/Moore||28:46|
|Eagle Moosup corps (Moosup, CT)||30:43|
|Caliber of corps in the Bridgeport area||31:36|
|Mattatuck. Research on Wilcox. Charlie Miller. The Wolcott Drum Band. Rote learning. Moodus & Percival||32:53|
|Ancients in the Meriden area||38:33|
|Impression of NY/NJ corps. Ex-5th Regiment corps||40:33|
|NY vs CT contests. Use of Bruce Emmett vs Strube. CT adoption of Strube book||42:47|
|National Guard drum corps. 5th Maryland. Worcester Continentals. VCA. Regimental style||47:07|
|GAR corps and influence||49:04|
|New Haven/Branford area. Stony Creek||50:51|
|Old East Hampton corps. Dan Burns and pilgrimmage to the Brown family||54:55|
|Use of Martial music terms- field bands, drum corps, etc.||56:20|
|Bass Drum styles. Ray Brodeur's style. George Cook. BD mallet construction||57:24|
November 21, 1974
|[discussion already in progress] Discussing keys and transpositions when playing fife with other instruments [tape recorder movement/noise]||00:00|
|Charles Williams fifes. Cloos mass production. Fingering hole size and tuning||3:50|
|Kurtz on making a Double Bb Fife||6:45|
|Kurtz's early fife-making ventures. The uniforms of Modern Combination corps in NY||7:30|
|Kurtz and Olsen on writing for the Drum Corps Herald and other publications||10:12|
|The articles published by and about Sturtze around the 1940 World's Fair judging. Banter on articles Kurtz gave to Olsen||13:50|
|Correspondence. Kurtz criticising the Yanks. Charlie Poole's (Jnr?) proposal for a 90bpm competition class [tape issues last 30 seconds]||16:16|
Interviewer: Ed Olsen and "Preston"
Dates: May 2, 1974 and Nov. 21, 1974
These recordings of a series of interviews with Ted Kurtz exist in the Company of Fifers & Drummers archive and is pieced together from several cassette tapes.
The May 2 transcription begins 31 mins into the recording, indicating that the first part of the recording was unavailable to the transcriber. The Nov. 21 interview is mis-labeled in the transcription itself.
The interview contains wide-ranging and often circular topics. The timings given are approximate, and it is best listened to as a whole, as sometimes topics are started, abandoned, and revisited in rapid succession.
Very little editing was done except to reduce tape noise and boost the volume of the voices.