Online Photo Archive - Page 24
Ralph Pee Wee Peer

Ocarina Collection - click to enlarge

Ralph Peer performed on the flute and piccolo in the Karl King band for many years.  However, the Greatest Ocarina Player in the World would sometimes be featured as an ocarina soloist with the King Band.

This 1935 program includes Ralph Peer's Ocarina version of Carnival of Venice.

1962 IBA Convention Program - click to enlarge
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This 1962 Iowa Bandmasters Convention Program shows Ralph Peer performed as ocarina soloist at the annual banquet.  Bill Henderson was his accompanist for this performance.


The above article and the program from the 1951 Karl King band concert season (shown below) include references to Ralph Peer performing the Carnival of Venice on the ocarina.

See the Peer Ocarinas and view the Carnival of Venice manuscript which Mr. Peer wrote before the days of  computer notation programs.

Listen to a recording of Pee Wee Peer performing live, the Carnival of Venice.

(mp3 format)

Listen to a recording of Ralph Pee Wee Peer performing another ocarina solo.

(mp3 format)

Listen to a recording of the Karl King Band  performing Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever featuring Ralph Peer on the piccolo.

(mp3 format)

Ralph Peer's obituary appeared in the Fort Dodge Messenger on September 29, 1977.

Ralph Peer and Karl King - click to enlarge

Ralph Peer is shown with Karl King in the King family home.
(ca. 1969)

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