The Stentor March
by Maurice Blumenthal
The Stentor March, composed in 1914, is dedicated to David Curry, who founded Yosemite’s Curry Village, now in its 100th (1999) year of operation. A 1915 recording of the march features the "stentorian" voice of David Curry performing his trademark yells: "Hello Glacier...all's well... farewell." The first call was Curry's customary greeting from the valley floor to those at Glacier Point, 3,000 feet above, preparing to rake glowing coals over the cliff in that nightly show called the "Firefall." Regarding the last call, a contemporary observer wrote, "As the stage drives up to take its loads away he [Curry] reads the list and calls each name, shakes hands with each departing tourist, and as the stage pulls out he shouts "Farewell" in tones that nearly blow them off their seats" [quoted from the back page of "The Stentor" sheet music]. That call is to this day emblazoned on the back side of the arched "Camp Curry" sign. Examples of David Curry's actual calls are included with the download of the music.
In the Summer of 1999 in Yosemite National Park, Yosemite commemorated the centennial of Camp Curry with special festivities including the debut of three newly created band arrangements. These band arrangements were created by Internationally renowned composer/arranger Stephen Kent Goodman from rare copies of original piano sheet music. The three marches (The Stentor, The Yosemite March & Two Step by Allen and the Yosemite March and Two Step by Hetzel) were unearthed from the Yosemite Research Library by Yosemite entertainer Tom Bopp. Listen to the march
5% from sales of these three marches will be given to the Yosemite Conservancy, a non-profit organization that provides interpretive, educational, research, scientific and environmental programs in Yosemite National Park. Additionally, YA supports the Yosemite Museum Collection and the Yosemite Research Library. https://www.yosemiteconservancy.org/