The Kokomo Park Band put on a concert of cartoon music on Wednesday evening, June 15, 2011, at Highland Park in Kokomo, Indiana. Park Band Music Director Steve Rhodes arranged a suite called "A Tribute to Carl Stalling" for the concert, sponsored by Solidarity Federal Credit Union. Mr. Rhodes' tribute included the opening and closing themes to Warner Brothers' cartoons, "Merrily We Roll Along" and "The Merry Go Round Broke Down," as well as classical and popular themes adapted by longtime composer Carl Stalling to animation classics from long ago. Also on the program were selections from Walt Disney's Fantasia, also arranged by Mr. Rhodes. You can read more about the concert and the people involved in it at the website Kokomo Perspective.
Also mentioned in the article about the concert: Don Barrett, a 1989 graduate of Western High School in Russiaville, Indiana, who has worked in Hollywood for the last several years on musical scores for a number of animated and live-action television shows, including Family Guy. Finally, there is a drawing by local cartoonist Joe Soots on the same website.
(Note: I would like to have posted something about the concert before it took place, but didn't receive an alert until the day after the performance. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
Copyright 2011 Terence E. Hanley