Calvin R. Brockman
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Calvin F. Brockman, 86, passed away on May 17, 2013 in Shawano, after a long term battle with asthma, emphysema and cancer. He was born on June 16, 1926 in Plymouth, Wisconsin to O.R. and Roma Brockman. Following graduation from Plymouth High School, Brockman earned his undergraduate degree from Milwaukee State Teachers College and a graduate degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison with majors in Music and Education. Additional graduate credits were granted for work at Northern Michigan University, the Eastman School of Music, UW Stevens Point, and UW Green Bay. He was married to June Meister on May 27, 1950. As teacher of instrumental music and director of bands, Brockman retired in 1986 after 37 years of service; 4 at Nicolet High School in West DePere and the balance at Shawano Public Schools. During his Shawano tenure, the band was awarded the Governor's Trophy, top performance award at the Wisconsin State Fair school band exposition. They performed twice at the State Teachers Convention in Milwaukee and were one of five bands selected from the state to perform at the national convention of the American School Band Directors Association in Milwaukee. In 1975, Brockman expanded the Shawano School district's music curriculum by pioneering the establishment of the current string program. Brockman was active in the Wisconsin Music Educators Conference, serving several years as a program planner for the state convention and selecting music for the state contest list for both bands and woodwinds. As adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor, he was invited to work in area schools in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Illinois. He was also a teacher of clarinet, theory, and conducting at the summer music camp at UW-Madison, and guest conductor of bands for summer camp programs at UW-Stevens Point. Brockman was past president and member emeritus of the Wisconsin Bandmasters Association, life member of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and the Wisconsin Education Association. In recognition of his contribution and growth to music education in his chosen community, Brockman received the Hugo Anhalt Award from the UW Milwaukee Music Alumni Association and the A.H. McAllister Award for leadership and growth in Music Education in America. Brockman was an active member of the Shawano Methodist Church, serving, over the years as choir member, Sunday school teacher and chairman of the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee. He was a past president of the Shawano Kiwanis Club. As a performer, Brockman played with the Green Bay Symphonette and the Mid-West Band Director's Band in Chicago. He and June played together in the N.E. Wisconsin band and they were recognized for service of over 5 decades in the Green Bay City Band. They both also performed in concerts in Europe and China. In his last few years, he could be heard playing piano at Methodist Church suppers, and at the Shawano Medical Center lobby between his doctor visits. He was a supporter of the Shawano Methodist Church Boy Scout Troop 32. In his youth, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout, and this foundation anchored his intimate relationship with the natural world throughout his life. He enjoyed fishing, hiking, birding, canoeing, and camping with his family though out the U.S. and Canada, his most treasured moments being evening campfires at the Boot Lake Campground. These experiences fueled artistic passions in photography and woodworking. Brockman's wood turnings and chip carvings could be found at arts and craft fairs and gift shops in Door County, Michigan and Hawaii. He had a special gift for words and expressions. Band members enjoyed highly flavored comments and suggestions, and his Christmas letters actually got read.
He is survived by: June, his wife and best friend for almost 63 years; sons, Peter (Kim) Brockman of Bloomington, IN and Bruce (Bridget) Brockman of Ojai, CA; two grandchildren, Bryan and Carly of Ojai; a brother, Robert Brockman of Marinette; and three nieces, Betsy (Michael) Werner of Oconto, Barbara Guenther of Scottsdale, AZ and Robin (Bruce) Harvey of Marinette.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 31 at 11:00 a.m. at the Shawano United Methodist Church, with the reception immediately following at the Navarino Nature Center. A family gathering will begin at the church on Friday at 10:00am. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Navarino Nature Center, Shawano United Methodist Church, or Salvation Army. Swedberg Funeral Home in Shawano is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Swedberg Funeral Homes
518 W FIFTH ST
Shawano, WI 54166
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on May 26, 2013