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Conductor Karl F. Bach

Karl F. Bach, Conductor
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Karl Bach joined the Port Townsend Summer Band in 2001 as a percussionist, and began serving as its conductor that same year.  He entered the U. S. Navy in January, 1955, and later was assigned to The United States Navy Band, Washington, D.C. in August 1956 as “a plank owner” (original member) of the Navy Band’s new choral group, the “Sea Chanters.”  In his naval career he served as a vocalist, percussionist and administrator in the Band, retiring in January 1974 as a Senior Chief Petty Officer.  During this time he attended the American University in Washington, D.C., graduating with a B.A. degree in English.  After his naval service he attended George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, graduating with distinction in 1980 with a Bachelor of Music degree and certification to teach.   He taught in schools in Virginia and Oregon. 

Conductor Karl F. Bach In 1990 he graduated with a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.  From 1993 to 2000 he was a Realtor with Century 21 in Milwaukie, Oregon.  Since his retirement in Port Townsend in September of 2000 he served for five years as timpanist with the Port Townsend Community Orchestra, served on its board of directors and as its president for two years.  For three years he sang as a member of the vocal ensemble, Rain Shadow.  He also began composing in 2000 and has composed five marches (which have been recorded), three suites, two choral works and has edited and arranged music for band, orchestra, chorus and voice.  Mr. Bach encourages young musicians to play along side the more experienced musicians in the band and welcomes anyone who plays a band instrument at the high school level.
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