Anderson, David Barry (February 8, 1949 - January 22, 2003)

David Barry Anderson

Douglas Budget - January 29, 2003

Funeral services fro David Barry Anderson, 53, were held Jan. 27 at the Douglas High School gymnasium with Pastor Tom Strock of First Baptist Church of Lusk officiating.

Interment will be at St. Benedict Catholic Cemetery in Decorah, Iowa, 11 a.m. Jan. 30, with graveside services by Deacon Matt Berry.

Mr. Anderson died of natural causes Jan. 22, 2003, at his home in Douglas.

He was born Feb. 8, 1949, in Decorah, the youngest of three children born to Maynard Joseph and Marjoie Eunice (Berry) Anderson.

After attending Ossian DeSales Catholic High School in Ossian, Iowa, he studied music and piano performance at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. He auditioned for Julliard School of Music in New York City.

As a vocal music director at Turkey Valley Community School in Jackson Junction, Iowa, he directed a variety of high school choirs and 15 musical productions between 1973 and 1987. His Junction 24 vocal jazz/gospel choir received numerous awards and recognition throughout the Midwest.

He was active in the Spilleville, Iowa, community, directing church choirs and community theater performances by the Country Road Players. He played the lead role for Fiddler on the Roof. He performed for many years as a jazz pianist for The New Revue with Jim Mazziotti. Mr. Anderson was known as the "Music Man' of northeast Iowa.

In the summer of 1988, Mr. Anderson and his faily moved to Douglas. He began the Hamilton Street vocal jazz/gospel music program at Douglas High School. Within two years hamilton Street was nationally recognized at the Oakland Music Fest in Oakland, Calif.

Under his direction, the Hamilton Street program grew from one choir of 13 initial members to more than five choirs ad 180 students. In the past 11 years, the top choir, Hamilton Street "Express," has toured through 11 states in the midwest and northwest United States. Each 10-day tour has spanned more than 2,000 miles and included 10 to 15 performances at churches.

"Express" has performed at the Wyoming State Legislature on numerous occasions, and has earned awards and recognition at music festivals and competitions throughout the state and region.

Mr. Anderson performed as the pianist for The Dave Anderson Trio with Tracy Pfau and Terry Gunderson, directed various clinic choirs in Wyoming and Nebraska, and taught at the Yellowstone Jazz Camp for many years.

In 1997 he received the Governor's Art Award for the state of Wyoming. Known for his intense passion for music and love of teaching, Mr. Anderson, "The Music Man" will be missed throughout the education communities of Wyoming and Iowa.

He loved riding his motorcycle and spending time in the outdoors with his sons.

Mr. Anderson is survived by his father, Maynard J. Anderson and wife Betty of Mountain Home, Ark.; four sons, Bill Anderson and wife Tracy of Cedar Rapids, Andrew D. Anderson of the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo., Jeffrey J. Anderson of the U.S. Navy in San Diego, Calif., and Nicholas B. Anderson of Douglas; brother Larry Anderson of West Bloomfield, Mich.; and three grandchildren, Marcelle, Dorothy and Charles Anderson, all of Cedar Rapids.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Marjorie E. Anderson, ad an infant brother, Gerald J. Anderson.

Serving as pallbearers were Don Sutphin, Ed Ricks, Millard Meredith, Gale Lane, Jim Morgan, Robert Zechiel, Jim Shawyer and Dick Berryman. Chuck Ciorba was an honorary pallbearer.

Memorials to the David B. Anderson Music memorial Fund, in care of Community First National Bank, P.O. Box 1307, Douglas, 82633, would be appreciated by the family.

Converse Funeral Chapel of Douglas and Fjelstul Funeral Home of Decorah were in charge of the arrangements.


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