|Birth: ||Jan. 8, 1943|
|Death: ||Jul. 4, 2005|
Charles George "Chuck" Kroupa, 62, died July 4, 2005 at 4 a.m.
Chuck was the father of eight children.
Chuck will be remembered as one of the finest percussionists of this area and of this era. Not only an accomplished drummer, he also was a master of the trumpet, saxophone, and trombone (his first instrument). He frequently played with his students in the Pep Band at various football and basketball games in recent years as the Band Director in Whiteriver from 2000-2003 and prior to that at Round Valley and McNary. He was Northland Pioneer College Band Director in the late 80s and early 90s.
Chuck was frequently called upon by Cynthia Jellison to provide percussion accompaniment for the White Mountain Chorale. He entertained the audience with a wide variety of skills, incorporating his eccentric humor and innovative use of a variety of mediums (such as bones, pencils, pots and pans, the stairs and stage, as well as anything within reach on the stage) into a visual, auditory, emotional and memorable experience.
Chuck's participation in the White Mountain Big Band began Sept. 27, 1997, when he was a guest drummer at a dance held at Shaffery's in Show Low. Two weeks later he moved from Willliams to Show Low, and became the regular drummer until 2004 when he moved to San Diego. He wowed his listeners with his awesome rendition of "Sing, Sing, Sing", uncannily like his predecessor, Gene Krupa. His wild stick twirling and other stage antics were captivating to fans everywhere.
Mirimba solos as various occasions always drew a large admiring crowd, especially when he demonstrated his four-mallet technique.
Countless drum students throughout the White Mountain area give Mr. Kroupa praise for the expert guidance they received on an individual basis. Countless other students, including those at NPC and NAU who had him as their professor, have said that his innovative teaching methods made learning about music fun and easy.
Chuck played the Timpani with the Silver Creek Symphony (now the White Mountain Symphony Orchestra) for several years. He played with the group "Route 66", the "Over-the-Hill Band", the "Bald Mountain Trio", "Beat n' Time Quartet, the "Roy Figeroa Band," directed the Round Valley Community Band, served as church organist for many years, and performed at many weddings, birthdays, and other occasions in a variety of capacities, throughout his career.
Perhaps the most famous group he ever played with was "The Cascade" in the late '60s. Chuck was the drummer for the still frequently played "Listen to the Rhythm of the Falling Rain."
Mr. Kroupa attended several universities, attaining his Masters Degree in Music from Indiana University. His percussion professor, George Gaber, still sent him postcards regularly, encouraging him to keep playing. That would undoubtedly be Chuck's message to his students and peers: "Keep Playing!"
Orem City Cemetery
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