we are to rely on teenage musicians evolving into artists of the future,
they must be properly trained by top-flight professional musicians.
it is essential that some type of academic program be created to allow
them to receive the professional instruction they deserve.
put it this
way: due to the fact contemporary music has become so complex and
a myriad of complex harmonic constructions and odd meters it is
that young musicians understand 'why we do what we do;' what
techniques we employ; how we shade and dramatize sound; why we often
instrumentation from one tour to the next; and experiment with
instruments [in our case, the mellophonium] in order to capture a
of color patterns few knew existed.
Band Camp [Note: In later years 'camp' was changed to 'clinic,' which
felt sounded more academic; more professional] is fulfilling my
to seek out and develop young, natural talent. However, these clinics
by no means the final answer. We need hundreds like them, sponsored by
high schools, colleges and local community musical associations. Three
or four Stan Kenton Clinics, held intermittently throughout the country
during the summer, cannot possibly handle the estimated nine million
who are destined to become musicians over the next decade.
wish you could have observed the manner in which the youngsters
the Indiana University clinic worked long and difficult hours – without
any prompting on the part of the faculty – eagerly assimilating
as fast as we could present it to them. Multiply these youngsters by
more and you have some idea of the need confronting professional
to give of their time and talent to train and encourage them.
enough, many young musicians are starved for music. But only for a
which offers them some emotional stimulation! In my two-year
with these youngsters during the 1959 and 1960 clinics, I discovered
adamantly refused to accept the meaningless pap that is currently being
programmed by many of today's radio stations.
owe it to these eager young musicians to make available to them
instruction, along with exposing them to a variety of original scores
In 1960 Kenton sent a trunk load of original material
which had been culled from his library to North Texas State University
to be used as teaching aids] written by a host of great
We definitely have a serious responsibility that must be dealt
do something now about attracting and stimulating America’s young
to carry on the never ending search to compose and play as much
music as possible. Otherwise the future of
music will indeed be bleak.
young people to be exposed, not only to the band's music, but to the
of my contemporaries. I think it important, too, to provide them with
many opportunities as possible to perform the
that is being written for the bands of Count Basie, Duke Ellington,
Herman, Don Ellis and a wealth of other important musical groups.
want them to
be able to use this new found knowledge so they can expand and improve
upon the strong legacy of experimentation and innovation we have begun
youngsters achieve the things they are looking for in music was not as
difficult as we anticipated. What these kids lacked in
they quickly made up in an enormous amount enthusiasm and
to have been provided with the opportunity to help these young
I am also extremely
proud be part of such a worthwhile endeavor that in only two
years has achieved a level
of success beyond our expectations."