NTSU Notes, September 1976 Page: 5
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definition of competence requirements
and improved procedures to insure their
completion. He also has played a major
role in bringing to the campus many
important music educators to lecture and
Dr. Trickey is a member of Music
Educators National Conference, Texas
Music Educators Association,
Association for Student Teaching, Texas
Association of College Teachers, Phi Mu
Alpha Sinfonia and Pi Kappa Lambda.
He has served as TMEA regional
chairman and as a member of the TM EA
While teaching in Michigan he was a
member of the Michigan Music Educators
Association and the Southeast Michigan
Band and Orchestra Association. Trickey
received his bachelor of music degree
from the University of Illinois in 1934,
master of music education degree from
Eastman School of Music in 1942, and
doctorate in musicology from NTSU in
Richardson has been a member of both
the string and theory departments since
coming to NTSU. An accomplished
cellist, he received his bachelor of arts
degree with a major in theory from Coe
College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1933
and his master of fine arts degree with a
major in performance from the State
University of Iowa in 1942. He also
studied privately with cellist Misha
Schneider of the Budapest Quartet while
at Mills College in San Francisco and
later with a Chicago Symphony cellist.
Before coming to NTSU Richardson
taught instrumental music for 10 years in
the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, school system, in
addition to teaching private cello for 15
years. He also served as instructor of cello
at Coe College and at Cornell College in
Mount Vernon, Iowa.
During the summers, before coming to
NTSU, Richardson was an active member
of the staff for a camp held at State
University of Iowa for four years. When
he joined the NTSU music faculty he
brought with him some 20 years of
orchestral experience. Richardson had
been cellist with the State University of
Iowa Symphony for 10 years and first
cellist with the Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Symphony for 15 years.
During his years at NTSU Richardson
was a member of faculty trio, quartet and
other chamber music groups and served as
faculty sponsor of Mu Phi Epsilon for 12
years. He has performed at composers'
concerts, MENC and MTNA. He also has
represented the University at All-State
Orchestra meetings. He has served the
community by playing in local concerts
and church programs and teaching
privately to develop young string players.
Richardson has played cello with the Fort
Worth Symphony Orchestra since 1972.
While at NTSU he also served as
adjudicator in various string contests and
orchestral auditions throughout the state.
Lab Band Happy To Be Back Home
Lots of goodwill and 25 staunch
American patriots were two by-products
of the NTSU Lab Band's tour of the
Soviet Union and Portugal. The five-week
tour, which began June 2, was a part of
the State Department's Cultural
Presentations Program. Cheering crowds,
crowded planes and just plain problems
are all memories of the 1 O'Clock Lab
Band members who returned last month.
Although it was musically successful,
members have mixed emotions about
their recent tour. "I was thrilled," Lab
Bands Director Leon Breeden said. "No
member missed a performance in 25
concerts, in spite of headaches, stomach
upsets and fever."
Breeden reported a total audience of
82,800 in the five Russian cities where the
band performed 25 concerts and gave 77
encores. Audiences were warm and
receptive. "We did not leave the stage
when there was not rhythmic clapping and
shouts of 'more, more'," he reported.
After some of the concerts, audience
members would rush onto the stage
bearing flowers, toys, comic books and
other books for the musicians. "I received
a number of bouquets as did our vocalist,
Rachel Lebon, Denton. One
arrangement of flowers was so large it
took two people to carry it out," Breeden
said. A number of fans had tears in their
eyes when they came to the stage.
However, some band members said the
trip to the Soviet Union was very
disorganized. At one point the Russian
airline had the band scheduled to fly in a
plane that would seat only 25 people and
there was not enough room for equipment
or luggage, Ronald Bergan, Denver, Colo.
trumpeter said. So the group spent most
of the night obtaining a larger plane. "We
had to go to the embassy level to get
anything done," he said.
Poor transportation, bad water and
lack of communication between U.S. and
Soviet state departments were the biggest
problems cited by some of the members.
At Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad), a
woman from the U.S. State Department
lectured them about the dangers of
drinking the water in the Soviet Union. In
the cities, sewer pipes are just a few inches
away from water pipes and, because of the
condition of the pipes, parasites get into
the water from the sewer, Breeden
explained. The band had to wait three
weeks, the incubation period, to see if any
symptoms of illness would show. Luckily
"As each day passed, as we had our
day-to-day battles to get something to eat
and to drink, the group began to be
somewhat disenchanted," Breeden said.
It was this feeling which led to the fried
chicken confrontation. Breeden said one
day their guide met a unified demand for
fried chicken from the Americans who
had grown tired of whale meat, eel and
some delicacies which they could not
"We expected a political state, all the
rooms to be bugged," Breeden said.
"There was a little lady on every floor of
the hotels who watched the comings and
goings of people." Breeden said they had
been warned "that when a group would
gather in a room she calls the KG B
(Soviet secret police) and says Room 209
and zap-you're on. They hear every
word you're saying."
He reported a feeling of paranoia
among the musicians. Although they were
not followed, they felt their hosts always
knew where they were, such as during a
jam session with Russian jazz musicians.
They noticed military men looking
through the windows into the room where
they were playing.
Bergan said a breakdown in
communication between the United States
and the Soviet Union occurred concerning
music the band was to bring. "The U.S.
State Department told us not to take any
Trombonist Bill Yeager stops the show with his "Hello, Young Lovers," in Volgograd.
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