Magic Philharmonic Orchestra
The idea of creating an orchestra in the Mini-Cassia area was conceived by Bob and Jo Dayley. They and several others had played for various musical plays and events. While these were entertaining they did not totally satisfy the instrumentalists’ need to perform.
After a performance of the musical “Fiddler on the Roof” during the winter of 1981-82, Bob visited with Val Harrison, who was directing the musical, about creating an orchestra made up of people from the surrounding area. He liked the idea and volunteered to be the conductor.
In the fall of 1982 Bob called Steve Floyd (the Burley High School band director) and inquired about the availability of orchestra music. He said that the high school still had a good library of music stored away. Bob explained the idea of creating an area orchestra to Steve and Steve said that the music was available for our use. At that time they did not have a string program in the Cassia Schools. He also invited the future orchestra to meet and practice at the high school band room.
With the encouragement of his wife Jo, Bob called a meeting of some of the principal players of the stage orchestra for “Fiddler”. A group of seven met at the high school and proceeded to sort through boxes of music and talk about organizing an orchestra. It wasn’t long afterward that the group was meeting every Tuesday evening. The group grew quickly to about twenty members and named itself The Magic Philharmonic Orchestra.
Since several orchestras had been put together over the years and had gone by the way side for one reason or another the young group felt that a strong organization was needed to cement the orchestra together. Bob & Jo made a trip to Provo, Utah to visit with K. Newell Dayley, who was the head of the Brigham Young University Music Department. He recommended that we incorporate and set up a board of directors.
A young attorney, Dennis Byington, had recently joined the orchestra and with his help The Magic Philharmonic Society was incorporated under the laws of the State of Idaho. They soon had a board of directors and officers to guide their course. The first board of directors consisted of Bob G. Dayley, Jo Dayley, Carol Badger, Tonya Buck, Kathryn Collier, Val Harrison, and Wayne Burke.
Recently the Magic Philharmonic celebrated its’ 20th year of existence. In the spring of 2003 the Magic Philharmonic invited its former permanent conductors to join the orchestra for its spring concert. Val Harrison, Jim Keezer and Eugene Soulsby each conducted their favorite selections.
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