Am saddened to hear of Dr. Tietze's demise. I was his administrative assistant under a grant program while studying at WNMU in Silver City.
I must add my condolences to the Tietze Family. Doc was a most generous and enthusiastic teacher. My sympathy goes out to Perkie. Those years at UWP were memorable ones and I'm happy to say that when we performed with the Naples Phil years later, I shared some good times with Doc and Perkie. God bless you all.
Anyone who meet him loved him, and saw a happier way of life. I was honored to be his announcer while at WNMU. My belated condolences to the family.
The genius of Dr. Tietze was apparent to a musical student; I was not a music major by choice (English) but adored and admired his sheer talent, artistry, perfection, patience and taking us from UWPlatteville to the Seattle World's Fair...many a romance was borne from that trip (not mine!) and we even stayed on gigantic ship the first night....many from Platteville were in Seattle to hear our music--Connie Harrell and Jerry Lewis were our soloists and commentator respectively..I donated my World's Fair Record album (yes we had them) to the Wisconsin Center in his honor, now memory. I reside in Peoria but came "home" to Platteville and was saddened to read of his passing in the local paper. He was ahead of his time...I could not sight read tho had perfect pitch/played by ear so was not 1st chair! He was one of a kind and an exceptional human being. His lovely wife was involved in Methodist Church Sunday School as was my late mom, Zelma Schuldt....
UWP 1964--Marching Band, Symphony Band and clarinet choir. Marching Band was the most memorable.
Doc was my mentor and first clarinet teacher. He taught me with a dedication and love of music that I've carried with me ever since. I went on to teach clarinet myself, and have followed Bill's methods as closely as possible. His spirit will always be with us. I'm sure there's a swing band in heaven that he's grooving in right now.
The world has lost a great musician and I have lost a wonderful friend and mentor. Doc was my sax tutor and friend for several years in Naples, Florida. I enjoyed every hour I spent with him. I had the pleasure of spending a few hours with him and Perkie at their new home in The Villages just after his 90th birthday. I will miss Doc, but I am blessed to have been his student and friend. Hank Ventry
How lucky we were to have Doc for our band director (and my flute teacher) at UW-P. He prepared so many of us for a great career as music teachers and musicians. College life at Platteville was good because of our musical experiences; going to Seattle and playing at the World's Fair and at Ft. Lewis, all the band tours, soloing with the band, building the floats at the Tietze house, and all those social events. Doc and Perkie made us all feel like a family and shared their own family with us. Perkie was such a supporter for Doc. My deepest sympathy to you all. May God hold you all close as you mourn his loss but also celebrate his long and busy life.
So Jane was saying "I wonder who forgot to sign their name? Me too says I? OPPS me! Bernie Powers
Doc Tietze was a beloved instructor, mentor, and friend who always had time for his students. His expertise and guidance have served me well as I look back upon a fulfilling musical career. Perkie, I remember the fun music parties as you and Doc welcomed us into your home. My sincere sympathy to you and your family. His life made a difference to so many and enriched all of us who knew him.
I remember prior to my attending UWPlatteville mentioning to Janet Faulhaber that I would be attending UW-P. She immediately said you'll love it there they have a great band director. How true! Doc was a great director,committed mentor and inspired teacher. In so many ways he was UW-P to so many of us. Doc and band was the center of our universe. His influence has had a life long positive influence. The lessons learned have been passed on to our students...they continue to live on. Thanks Doc. My heartfelt condolences to Perkie and family.
Doc Tietze was very instrumental in my decision to become a music teacher -- what a wonderful man/mentor/teacher! I have wonderful memories of my years spent under his direction.
I served at UW-Platteville for 25 years - about half of that time with the alumni program. I heard so many wonderful stories about Doc Tietze. What a great mentor and musician who gave students opportunities of a lifetime.
Among my fondest memories were times spent in Old Main during Symphonic Band rehearsals with Doc Tietze. Our band tours were the ultimate in fun! My sincere sympathy to the Tietze family.
Wow, what a great guy, amazing career, wonderful life and many fond memories. I was fortunate to work with him at Platteville playing first chair flute. We had such a great time at the World's Fair in Seattle my senior year. I miss him.
Mary Alice Wendtlandt Porter (Beloit, Wisconsin)
My sincere sympathy to the Tietze family. Although never had the pleasure of being in one of his bands, I have fond memories of him in the music department of UW-Platteville.
Doc was such a great teacher to all of us...I learned so much from him! And to you, Perkie, thanks for always being at his side. You both took very good care of us. Prayers are with you and your family.
Jane Martin Powers
Bill Tietze was a great mentor for me during my college years at UW-Platteville. He gave me so many opportunties to grow as a musician and a person. I'll always cherish his memory.