Clan Gordon Pipe Band

-- by Kim Davenport The bagpipes are one of those instruments that may elicit a strong reaction - many people I've talked to either love or hate their bold, reedy sound. But there is no denying the significance of the ancient instrument to a wide variety of cultures, from Europe to northern Africa and western... Continue Reading →

Wonder Boy from Tacoma

-- by Kim Davenport Boy's Birdlike Voice Amazing: Robert Murray, 12 Years Old, Sings at Tiffany Musicale So reads the headline from an article published in the New York Herald in January of 1922, which identified Murray as a boy soprano from Tacoma. A few weeks later, the young singer would perform at New York's... Continue Reading →

Great Voice Thrills All: Dorothy Maynor

-- by Kim Davenport On Thursday, February 3, 1944, the soprano Dorothy Maynor performed a program of opera arias, art songs, and spirituals at the Temple Theater. Although perhaps a less familiar name to us today than Marian Anderson or Paul Robeson - both highly-regarded African American singers who also visited Tacoma in the 1940s... Continue Reading →

Temple of Music, Center of Yesteryear

-- by Kim Davenport In February of 1967, an article appeared in the Tacoma News Tribune and Sunday Ledger under the headline: Temple of Music, Center of Yesteryear, Intact on Broadway Features Included Stained Glass, Wine-Colored Carpets Before I delve into more of the history of the grandly-named Temple of Music, a few paragraphs from... Continue Reading →

Barks House of Music

-- by Kim Davenport Theodore Barks was just 5 years old when he arrived in Tacoma in 1888 with his parents and older brother Edward. On the long journey by train from Marysville, Kansas, where Theodore was born, the family would have passed through the Northern Pacific tunnel that had just been cut through the... Continue Reading →

A.A. Tayler & Co. (1890-1925)

-- by Kim Davenport One of the first Tacoma history stories that drew me in to local history research, leading to hours spent poring over historic photographs and newspaper clippings at the Tacoma Public Library, was that of the Tacoma Theater. With its opening at the corner of 9th and Broadway in 1890, the Tacoma became... Continue Reading →

The Legendary Jerry Miller

-- by Melissa Garcia Tacoma is home to legendary rocker, Jerry Miller. Born in 1943, Miller has spent his life dedicated to music. Playing guitar primarily, he is prized for his solo work, as well as work with famous bands. Miller’s career is admirable, to say the least, but what is even more astonishing is... Continue Reading →

Nettie Asberry: Keeping Harmony in Tacoma

-- by Hannah Currie Nettie Asberry was a shining public figure and musician in Tacoma history. She paved the way for many people of color and was never afraid to speak her mind. Her social activism permeated all facets of her life, including her music. This article addresses her life, her affects on her community... Continue Reading →

Dave Bunker and Bunker Guitars

-- by Seonhwa Pak You may ask, who is Dave Bunker, and what is his connection with Tacoma? Bunker has been a resident of the Tacoma area for over 35 years. He is known as an "extremist in guitar invention." Bunker has been in the music industry for more than four decades and has built... Continue Reading →

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