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Continued: History lessons from Park Square and History Theatre

  • Article by: GRAYDON ROYCE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 1, 2014 - 3:18 PM

“If you heard Sousa’s ‘Semper Fidelis’ coming down the street, that was the Working Boys Band,” said Segal, who at 93 still plays clarinet in the Richfield Symphonic Band.

The Heintzeman concept was still the same when Segal played as a teen: “In order to keep the kids from getting into trouble, they gave them instruments,” he said.

A mentorship also formed, Segal recalls. Older band members would school newcomers on reading music and proper technique.

“Our uniforms were beautiful red flannel jackets, the pants were blue with a big red strip down the side. And we added a gold braid in high school,” he said.

For Segal, the History Theatre musical has a special poignancy. He knew Titus as a child — “a child prodigy,” he called the composer. Titus died last September at age 66, shortly after finishing the finale for “The Working Boys Band.”

(8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., 10 a.m. & 8 p.m. Thu. Ends June 1, History Theatre, 30 E. 10th St., St. Paul, $15-$40, 651-292-4323 or historytheatre.com)

Graydon Royce • 612-673-7299

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