Clarinet Quartattitude, “the quartet with attitude,” was formed in 2013 from members of the Clarinet Madness Clarinet Choir and continues to entertain, educate, inspire, and occasionally confuse audiences young and old alike. Based out of Rapid City, SD, the group is equally comfortably playing classical, jazz, and pop arrangements; repertoire standards; and new music. This eclectic style, combined with the edgy humor expected from musicians of a certain age, makes for an unforgettable evening of clarinetery (not a word, but it should be) as well as a celebration of community and culture.
Nancy Williams is the group’s founder, manager, and amateur comedian. When not working hard to finish her degree in clarinet performance, concocting schemes to further her performing career, manipulating students into practicing more effectively, or figuring out how to propel her new publishing company to unimagined heights, Nancy is bossed around at home by her five cats.
Deb Knowles is the heart of the group. Kind and gracious to all, Deb is known for sleeping her way to the top of the clarinet section of the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra. (In truth, Deb was married to the orchestra’s esteemed conductor, and her clarinet abilities and magic tone are more than enough to secure her job as principal clarinetist.) Fun facts: Deb grew up in the town that inspired The Music Man and studied with the famous Himie Voxman.
Curtis Price has been playing clarinet for a long time, which means before the Jurassic period (or at least that’s what his students in the geology department at SD School of Mines think). In addition to Clarinet Madness, he plays with the Rapid City Municipal Band and occasionally with the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra. He has also directed several church and handbell choirs, in which (thankfully for everyone) he is not allowed to play the piano.
Dan Mulally’s existence is multifaceted. He is an engineer, landlord, bee keeper, stable manager, and politician’s husband in addition to playing piano (much better than Curtis does) in several groups. When he’s not playing bass clarinet in Quartattitude, Clarinet Madness, or Rapid City Municipal Band, he plays it in a rock band, Kim and the Cue Balls (seriously!).