© 2015 GIA.
Conceived and Edited by Mark Camphouse
A remarkable book that captures the magnificent persona of a true icon, rendered with vivid and affectionate strokes by colleagues who knew him best. A narrative of notable achievement that comes to life on every page, this is John Paynter as I remember him. This book illuminates his commanding personality, penetrating wit, and warm and wonderful musicianship.
— John Knight, Professor Emeritus, Oberlin Conservatory
John P. Paynter was one of the true legends of the wind band world, serving as the celebrated Director of Bands at Northwestern University and President of the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. He forever impacted the instrumental music community.
Whatsoever Things… is a fascinating portrait, a collaborative effort written by friends, colleagues, former students, and with guidance from the Paynter family.
This book delves into Mr. Paynter’s outstanding abilities as a great teacher, conductor, composer-arranger, leader, role model, innovator, and motivator.
Whatsoever Things… explores Mr. Paynter’s early years growing up in small-town Mineral Point, Wisconsin, his student years at Northwestern University, his years as Director of Bands at Northwestern, his directorship of the famed Northshore Concert Band, and his years as President of the Midwest Clinic.
More than a simple portrait, Whatsoever Things… culminates with an examination of the present state of affairs in instrumental music education and the wind band profession, and how its role in the school curriculum and in society may change in the years ahead.