Music History Index
Hamilton High School Humanities Teacher
and Taught "Music Lab"
May 20, 2015 - Mike Reilly: Is "Music Lab" still going on at Hamilton HS; still have John Sutte as teacher. How many of you were involved in this class, went on to play individually or in a band?
This just confirms what I have thought for years. This area has been filled with
incredible talent throughout the years. Mr. Sutte was a very influencing man. So
were John Michaels, Jon Benz and many other HHS teachers. I strongly urge the
young people of this area to keep it going.
I remember another time me and Landsgaard were sitting in the back of the room
making animal noises
May 22, 2015 -
Hamilton HS use to have video recordings of people playing in music lab it was
quite the collection through the years, I have always wondered if the videos
were still around?
I am in for a jam anytime. Sutte was the best. I played in a band for about 12
years and still play with a small group here and there. I remember Mr Sutte
actually rented a reel to reel for me to record with. 4 track so I could play
different instruments. He let us thrive!
1975 HHS Humanities Club
In 1975, Jon Sutte had members of his classes perform and
record an LP [recorded by Sentry Custom Recording studio in Lannon,
Wisconsin???]; here is some info gleaned from the internet and pictures provided
by Jym Mooney.
Sentry (Records?) ------
#01) 1975 Humanities Club (LP: #?)
--- Recorded June 1975 at Hamilton High School, Sussex, WI
--- Produced by John Sutte, "only 100 copies pressed"...
--- info from the liner notes of #05, and Jym Mooney
#01. ? : "Song For Tusdy Jefferson" by Jym Mooney: vocals, guitar
Cover art of 1975 Humanities LP (reverse was blank). Provided by Jym Mooney June 14, 2015
June 11, 2015 via FB This was a project by the Humanities classes. We had to sell all 100 copies at $5 each before we could go ahead with it (I sold 48 copies personally...I was determined that I was not going to miss out on a chance to make a record!). Recorded June 1975 one evening in the Humanities department, no overdubbing. It was not a concert recording, although it was recorded in the performance room of the department.
Above - Photo montage included with album
provided by Jym Mooney
Above - Photo montage key provided by
Jym Mooney June 11, 2015
Below - Album
Track listings provided by Jim Mooney June 11, 2015
Jym Mooney There was another album made a few years later by the
Humanities classes. My youngest sister Sarah and a friend of hers did a song on
it. June 11 at 8:28pm via FB
Sarah Mooney Westbrook I've blocked that memory. Lol. Was it with
Sally.... Darn. Can't remember her last name. June 11 at
Jym Mooney OK, I dug it out of the vinyl archives. You and Sally Wallace
sang Teach Your Children. This was in 1981. June 11 at
Sarah Mooney Westbrook Huh. I don't have a copy of that.... Was it
wonderful? If it was it was definitely because of Sally
June 11 at 8:44pm
Cover art of 1981 Humanities LP (reverse was blank).
Provided by Jym Mooney June 14, 2015
June 13, 2015 via FB Message:
Jym Mooney - Found your website page. Some points:
John Sutte's first name is John, not Jon. He had a massive stroke in his early
40s and was left completely paralyzed. He lived the rest of his life in a
nursing home in Oconomowoc, and died in December 2007.
Jym Mooney - Not every track on the Humanities Club LP was music. There
were several people reading their original poetry plus a two-person skit (The
Flood). The musicians on the album were me, Joe Olkowski, Bryan Kanieski, Jim
Stevens, Ken Stone, Steve Dorst, Charline Bolin, Sally Koch, and Pat Hernandez.
Jym Mooney - Rich Bagin mentions the album his band Temperance appeared
on with Silver Graphic. This is the 1981 album from the Humanities classes that
I mentioned to you. It is called Soundstage '81.
Jym Mooney - Oh, you asked if I knew Mike Truttschel. I realize that the
guy I was thinking of was Tom Truttschel. Not sure of their relationship, I did
not know Tom as anything but a friend of a friend.
Mike Reilly - So Charline Bolin, Sally Koch, and Pat Hernandez. were the
only female vocalists? Or did they pay instruments too? Oh...I see the three
played piano so the other gals were the poetry readers.
June 14, 2015 - Jym Mooney: Close! Sally and Pat played piano
instrumentals, Charline played guitar and sang.
Track listings for 1981 LP (all music).
Provided by Jym Mooney June 14, 2015
Hi Mike, my name is Kim Hottenroth-Christoperson, I learned from my mom Betty L Hottenroth
, and Brother Jim Hottenroth
that you are looking for Historical information related to musical talent resulting from John Sutte's music lab at Hamilton High school. I was a 1979 graduate of Hamilton, I took Sutte's classes for three of the four years in H.S. Myself and Don Cornell were two chosen Seniors in 1979 to produce and perform our own musical show/concert completely of our own... making. Two separate shows. We were allowed to pick our own choices of songs, our stage lighting and back drops, the people who we wanted to perform with us. From start to finish we were in charge of our own production. My show occurred on May 24, 1979, Don's was on the 30th. I still have the original crude concert announcements from both of our shows. My show included the musical talent of Sally Wallace, Debbie Kanapka, Sarah Mooney, and Chris ?, (Don't remember her last name). I played guitar, piano and vocals, Sally, Debbie, & Chris played guitar and vocals, Sarah was vocals. I have several pictures of my show, and pictures of Other events kids were involved in, and two of John Sutte. One outing in particular I remember was taking a bus to Maple Ave. School and performing for students. Debbie Kanapka, Sally Wallace and I performed there and at many times in Sutte's music lab. The song I remember vividly performing at the grade school was Puff the Magic Dragon. We did some great harmonies together back then. We had an article and our picture in the Sussex Sun which I wish I would have kept. We performed a variety of folk songs, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Stones, and several other artists of the time.
I am sure I can dig up some memorable items for you if you're interested. I do also have an old 45 in storage of I believe George Pievich from Hamilton. I believe the song is "Strange Like Me", but I'll have to get back to you on that once I find it.
August 26, 2015 -
via FB: "That was one of the songs Debbie Knapka & I sang and played
guitar to in Sutte's class...I remember we took a trip to Maple Ave.
School in Sussex, and played it for the elementary kids in one of our
shows. That was in 79'."