Brian Hughes, Conductor
August Knoll: A Celebration of Life
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Our Fourteenth Season!
Tri-State Wind Symphony
Brian L. Hughes, Conductor
June 12, 2008 - 7:30 p.m., Eagle Point Park Bandshell
In Memoriam August Knoll: Conductor, Mentor and Friend
AUGUST E. KNOLL
August E. Knoll, 65 of Wheatland died unexpectedly on Thursday, February 7, 2008 at his home. Survivors include his mother Edna of Grimes, two brothers, Eric (Kim) of Toddville, Philip of Grimes and two sisters, Ruth (Merle) Reingardt of Iowa Falls and Carla (Dennis) Prather of Ankeny. He is also survived by a niece and six nephews. He was preceded in death by his father.
August was born on November 11, 1942 in Des Moines, the son of Ernest and Edna Forret Knoll. He graduated from Wartburg College and received his master's degree from the University of Iowa. He was the band director at Wheatland and Calamus Schools from 1964 until his retirement in 2003. He was Minister of Music at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Wheatland and played piano at St. James Catholic Church in Toronto. He was a member of the Iowa Band Masters Association, North East Iowa Band Masters Association, American School Band Directors Association, Music Educators National Conference, River Valley and Dean of the Blackhawk Chapters of the American Guild of Organists, and the Eastern Iowa Chapter of the Organ Historical Society. He was the recipient of the Iowa Bandmaster Association Karl L. King Distinguished Service Active and Karl L. King Distinguished Service Retired Awards as well as the North Eastern Iowa Bandmasters Association Phillip Sehmann Excellence in Teaching Award. He was listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in Education.
August enjoyed travel, camping, reading, playing clarinet in numerous bands in eastern Iowa and listening to KSUI and recordings. Since his retirement, August was active as a private teacher in the Quad City area and participated in a number of community instrumental groups, including the Tri-State Wind Symphony (Dubuque), the Timber City Band (Maquoketa) and the Quad City Wind Ensemble (Davenport).