Denton to perform "Life and Music of Herbert L. Clarke"
FLORENCE – William Denton will perform the “Life and Music of Herbert L. Clarke” on Thursday, Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. in the Hyman Fine Arts Center, Adele Kassab Recital Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.
Herbert Lincoln Clarke (1867 - 1945) is said to have been a legend in his own time, easily the best known cornetist of all times. Clarke traveled more than 800,000 miles with such musical groups as Gilmore's Band, Innes' Band, Victor Herbert’s Band, John Philip Sousa' Band, and many under his direction.
He performed more than 6,000 cornet solos including 473 in one season. Clarke made 34 tours visiting 14 different countries and made more phonograph records than any other cornet player. He appeared as soloist at all the great "World's Fairs," from 1893 to 1915.
Denton holds music performance degrees from Wichita State University and Arizona State University. He served nine years in the U.S. Army, first as a trumpet instructor at the Armed Forces School of Music, then as a member of the U.S. Continental Army Band, and finally in the U.S. Army Field Band.
Denton has performed as featured soloist for the Chatauqua and Interlochen music festivals and has held principal positions in the Virginia Beach Pops, the Williamsburg (Va.) Symphonia, and the Macon (Ga.) Symphony Orchestra. Currently he is principal trumpet in the Augusta (Ga.) Opera Orchestra and Augusta Choral Society. He is also a substitute trumpeter for the Atlanta, Charleston, and Savannah symphonies and instructor of trumpet at Augusta State University.
Denton will perform Clarke’s “Twilight Dreams” and “Carnival of Venice,” among other selections.