Bethany band to honor alumnus cartoonist

Don Musick's "Terrible Swede," an image familiar to virtually anyone associated with  Bethany College.

Don Musick’s “Terrible Swede,” an image familiar to virtually anyone associated with Bethany College.

The Bethany College Symphonic Band will honor the late cartoonist Don Musick, class of 1946, during its final home concert on Tuesday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall.

Directed by Associate Professor of Music Doug Talbott, the ensemble will perform a variety of literature with a special celebration in honor of Musick. As the creator of the “Terrible Swede” caricature, Musick created the first version in 1938 with several versions following throughout the years. His images appeared in the yearbook, alumni magazine, student newspaper and various alumni publications as well as on t-shirts and other apparel. Musick also served as a political cartoonist for several Kansas newspapers.

During the concert, Musick’s children, Doug of Salina and Deb Wilhm of Bentonville, Ark., will present the college with their late father’s entire collection of Bethany, Swedish and political cartoons. This collection will become a permanent part of the Bethany archives with selected works on display each year in the Wallerstedt Library.

For the concert, the 58-member band will perform “Cossak Dance” by Tschaikovsky, “Noisy Wheels of Joy” by Eric Whitacre, “Pictures At An Exhibition” by Moussorgsky, “Celebrations” by John Zdechlik and Karl King’s “Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite.” “The Bethany Alma Mater,” arranged by Professor Emeritus of Music Roger Thorstenberg, will also be performed.

Seniors Mackenzie Becker, Plainville, Kan., and Jordan Smith, Lindsborg, Kan., will be featured as student directors. A reception will follow in the lobby of Presser Hall.

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