John Hasler

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 01
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1969
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s67p8wh3
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-24
Date Modified 2005-02-24
ID 326017
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s67p8wh3

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Title John Hasler
Description by the bishop. To this day, that land is called the "brass band field." In 1869-1887, music was not so plentiful or so easily obtained as now, and Mr. Hasler would write all the music for band and choir by hand from one master copy, which was usually played by the organist in the accompaniment. A very interesting phase of Mr. Hasler's activities was the founding of his Boarding School for Music Students. The students boarded and slept at the Hasler home for a term of six weeks, taking three lessons a day and practicing intensively between lessons. Among the many students registered at this school were Clair W. Reid of Manti, later on the music faculty of Brigham Young University, John J. McClellen, later tabernacle organist in Salt Lake City, and Anthony C. Lund, later director of the Salt Lake Tabernacle Choir. Mr, Hasler made it easy for students to study music at the Boarding School by accepting anything he could use, such as barrels of honey, chesses, cedar posts, meat, milk and butter, and even clothing. When students came from neighboring towns to register, they were frequently accompanied by their parents, and sometimes the entire family. At times they would remain at the Hasler home for two or three days, eating and sleeping there, accepting the Hasler hospitality before returning home. Then after the six weeks instruction period was ended, the family would return and the Hasler hospitality would be repeated. The amount of work required of Mrs. Hasler in cooking and caring for these students and visitors, together with three organs going all day, caused her to have a nervous breakdown. This resulted in Mr. Hasler discontinuing the Boarding School, but not his music teaching. Instead of having the students come to him, he would travel to the different towns in the valley in an open buggy drawn by a single horse. His territory included that from Pleasant Grove on the north to Wayne County on the south, and even east into Emery County. He not only gave lessons but he sold musical instruments. He would give free lessons with each piano or organ sold, enough to insure the student playing two pieces. Many homes in the out-of-the-way territories at that time would never have known the cultural influences of music had it not been for Mr. Hasler making it possible for them to have music in their homes. 17
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 1
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326003
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s67p8wh3/326003