Carson City Symphony - Hank Monk Schottische Project

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Carson City Symphony was founded in 1984 as the Carson City Chamber Orchestra and gave its first concert in October that year. It is a community orchestra open to amateur and volunteer professional musicians. Members come from all walks of life and have ranged from elementary school students to senior citizens. The Symphony performs five or more concerts each year for audiences in Carson City. It also has performed in Minden, Gardnerville, Fallon, South Lake Tahoe, and Virginia City. We play many works by contemporary composers and have commissioned and premiered several pieces.

Carson City Symphony - Hank Monk Schottische Project (2020)

Welcome to the Hank Monk Schottische Project Page
Updated: Oct. 21, 2020

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Some background, by David Bugli

1. Description
The original goal of this project was to create a virtual video during the COVID-19 pandemic involving members of the Carson City Symphony utilizing the "Hank Monk Schottische," a composition written by Carson City Composer J.P. Meder (1848-1908). The piece was written to honor Hank Monk (1826-1883), a legendary stagecoach driver.

Monk, who was originally from New York, was made famous in part due to a story about his giving Horace Greeley, presidential candidate and former New York Tribune editor, a rather bumpy ride in 1859 from Carson City to Placerville. Greeley, who was on a lecture tour, was insistent about not being late to present a lecture in Placerville. Monk, a colorful storyteller, entertained many people with the story of this trip and other stories about his adventures. Several reporters and authors wrote about this famous ride; it did not portray Greeley in a favorable light.

One of those writers who picked up the story was Mark Twain (aka Samuel Clemens), who spent a period of time with his brother, Orion, in Carson City and made his own fame in Virginia City. Twain was so enamored of the Hank Monk story that he has several characters relate the same story about Monk and Greeley in chapter 20 of Roughing It, Twain's 1872 book about his experience as a young man in the western US and Hawaii. It was thought by some that the mocking of Greeley in this story curtailed his chances of winning the Presidency of the United States.

The project features, in my mind at least, three individuals closely associated with Carson City: Hank Monk, Mark Twain, and J.P. Meder. Ida Meacham Strobridge wrote in 1904 of Hank Monk:

Hank Monk, the incomparable! The most daring - the most reckless of drivers; and the luckiest. The oddest, the drollest of all the whimsical characters who made Western staging famous the world over. ... It was a dream come true! I'm quite sure that had anyone asked me which of the two I would rather see - hear - speak to, Hank Monk, or the President (and that I mean Abraham Lincoln), it would have been the former I unhesitantly would have chosen. Without a doubt my youthful judgment was bias, but the fact remains."

In discussing this project during the summer of 2020, I first mentioned the idea to Carson City Symphony musicians. I have also opened this up to musicians from the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra, Carson High School band and orchestra players, Carson City Community Band, and Symphony Youth Strings (STRAZZ) musicians. Additionally, having used the dance tune to accompany the Victorian Dancers on a Carson City Symphony concert (12/15/19), I would like to see some of the dancers performing on the video.

2. The story:
This is how Mark Twain had multiple narrators tell the story in Roughing It:
"I can tell you a most laughable thing indeed, if you would like to listen to it. Horace Greeley went over this road once. When he was leaving Carson City he told the driver, Hank Monk, that he had an engagement to lecture at Placerville and was very anxious to go through quick. Hank Monk cracked his whip and started off at an awful pace. The coach bounced up and down in such a terrific way that it jolted the buttons all off of Horace's coat, and finally shot his head clean through the roof of the stage, and then he yelled at Hank Monk and begged him to go easier - said he warn't in as much of a hurry as he was awhile ago. But Hank Monk said, 'Keep your seat, Horace, and I'll get you there on time' - and you bet you he did, too, what was left of him!"

3. The tune:
The Schottische was a popular Victorian-era polka-like ballroom round dance introduced in England in 1848, the year of J.P. Meder's birth. It was also called a German Polka, and is thought to have originated in Bohemia. Although it has no relationship to Scotland, the music for the dance often adopted a dotted rhythm called a "Scotch snap." In England the basic steps were "two sidesteps to the left and right, followed by a turn in four steps," but, in the United States, the turn was often replaced by large hopping steps, which allowed the otherwise gentile Victorians to "accidentally" bounce into a person of the opposite gender. The "hop, skip, and jump" pattern adopted by some dancers was well suited to the musical portrayal of the story of the bumpy ride given to Horace Greeley.

4. The plan of the Project:
I am setting up a project resource page on the Symphony website ( I am revising my earlier arrangement of the "Hank Monk Schottische" for orchestra to include additional percussion parts, sax parts, and parts for bass clarinet harp. I will have PDFs of the parts available on the webpage. I have prepared two reference recordings, one strictly audio and the other with video of me conducting. The video recording will be posted on the Symphony's YouTube page (private posting available through a link I will provide).

More details can be found in the "Project Description," obtainable below.


Click here to download "Project Description."

Click here to download "Project Instructions."

Click here to download "List of Instrumentalists." This list has been updated with the process ID for each instrument/performer (e.g., p231 for Ellie Bugli).

**Registration form - We are not going to use one.

Unless otherwise noted, large data file transfers will be done using You can also use Google Docs, as long as you provide David Bugli & Jake Page with the links.

Link to Kick-off Meeting on Zoom - THIS EVENT IS IN THE PAST
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020

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Topic: CC Symphony "Hank Monk Project" Kick-off meeting
Time: Sep 30, 2020 07:15 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 845 5202 3194
Passcode: 976302


Link to 1st Zoom rehearsal - THIS EVENT IS IN THE PAST
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020

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Topic: Hank Monk Project - 1st Zoom rehearsal 10/7/20
Time: Oct 7, 2020 07:40 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 813 1636 6284
Passcode: 413906


Link to 2nd Zoom rehearsal - THIS EVENT IS IN THE PAST
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020

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Topic: Hank Monk Project - 2nd Zoom rehearsal 10/14/20
Time: Oct 14, 2020 07:15 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) ("7:15 PM", not "7:15 AM")

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 816 1664 1542
Passcode: 506634


Due date for "serious" videos - Was Oct. 21, 2020 - now is Oct. 28, 2020
Due date for "silly" videos - Oct. 28, 2020 (or Nov. 2, at the latest)

Parts to download


  • Piccolo - click HERE.
  • Flute 1 - click HERE.
  • Flute 2 - click HERE.
  • Oboe 1 - click HERE.
  • Oboe 2 - click HERE.
  • Clarinet 1 - click HERE.
  • Clarinet 2 - click HERE.
  • Bass Clarinet - click HERE.
  • Bassoon 1 - click HERE.
  • Bassoon 2 - click HERE.
  • Alto Sax - click HERE.
  • Tenor Sax - click HERE.
  • Baritone Sax - click HERE.


  • Horn 1 & 2 - click HERE.
  • Horn 3 & 4 - click HERE.
  • Trumpet 1 - click HERE.
  • Trumpet 2 - click HERE.
  • Trumpet 3 - click HERE.
  • Trombone 1 - click HERE.
  • Trombone 2 - click HERE.
  • Trombone 3 - click HERE.
  • Tuba - click HERE.
  • Euphonium - click HERE.

    Percussion and keyboards

  • Timpani - click HERE.
  • Bells & Triangle - click HERE.
  • Crash Cymbals & Sleigh Bells - click HERE.
  • Snare Drum - click HERE.
  • Bass Drum - click HERE.
  • Piano (Keyboard) - click HERE.
  • Harp - click HERE.


  • Violin 1 - click HERE.
  • Violin 2 - click HERE.
  • Viola - click HERE.
  • Cello - click HERE.
  • Contrabass - click HERE.

Please contact David Bugli at DCBugli@aol or 775-883-4154 if a part you need is not available.

Reference resources

Reference recording - just audio with click track - download from Symphony website at

Reference recording (sequenced) - audio, click track, video of conductor, and section letters - on YouTube at

Reference document - diagram for the "Dropped Baton" routine - download from Symphony website at

Reference recording - reference click track for the "Dropped Baton" routine - download from Symphony website at

Here is a bit of inspiration from the San Francisco Symphony - "William Tell Overture" - (Be sure turn off the mute in the lower right corner of the video screen.)

This page last updated 10/21/2020

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