October 8th, 2018
The Series is in progress and my staff of artists are turning in remarkable art everyday. It is possible that the best is yet to come so plan to stop back and post your comments.
Press release: October 8 2018
The J.W. Pepper publishing company and Reynold Jay announced they will be publishing The March of the Wooden Soldiers for orchestras written by Marsha Chusmire Shapiro. Art work for the publication is taken from The Little Doll Girl: The Wurtherington Diary, published/transcribed by Reynold Jay, a Saginaw Township Resident. "There is a climatic scene in the Diary in which wooden soldiers hewn from large Sequoia Redwoods descend upon the royal army intent upon confiscating the yearly crop. Elves hidden within maneuver the towering structures down an incline and win the day for the inhabitants of an enchanted land."
The art is taken from book one of the eight part series written by Tammy Wurtherington in 1883. The series was discovered in an old shed in Ohio and forwarded to Reynold Jay for restoration and publication. "Most everyone agrees this is a simply wondrous Diary! We had volunteers from around the globe heard of the project and we all pitched in to bring the Diary to the marketplace. Right now we are having it translated into other languages. Readers compare it to Alice in Wonderland, Anne of Green Gables, and Wizard of Oz."
Marsha Shapiro discovered the art in Reynold Jay's internet gallery at Fine Art America. "The art is perfect for the project," explained Marsha Shapiro. "We know we can have the project done in time for the Christmas season and anticipate youth orchestras to be playing The March of the Wooden Soldiers for audiences during the upcoming holidays."
Bio on M. Shapiro:
Marsha Chusmir Shapiro earned her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in music education from
Florida State University and became certified in social studies education. Mrs. Shapiro was the
winner of the 1985 National School Orchestra Association Composition Competition and was
named 1994 Florida “Global Educator” by SIRS and the Florida Council for the Social Studies.
She is the author of numerous published orchestral and elementary school musical compositions.
Marsha Chusmir Shapiro has been teaching in Volusia County, Florida since 1972
James Welsh Pepper was born in Philadelphia in 1853, and died in the same city on July 28, 1919. He was an American music publisher and musical instrument maker.
In 1876, Pepper founded a publishing house in his home city which printed music tutorial books and a magazine called Musical Times, which ceased production in 1912. Additionally, Pepper produced musical instruments such as drums until 1910, the year in which J.W. Pepper & Son was founded. Pepper is often credited with inventing the sousaphone around 1893, although there have been some disputes to this claim.
J.W. Pepper has 12 regional marketing centers, along with two distribution centers dedicated to order fulfillment and shipping. In spring of 2009, Pepper added two new warehouses to the company’s distribution network. From 1984-2013, the national headquarters was located in Paoli, Pennsylvania, approximately 20 miles west of Philadelphia. In October 2013, the company's headquarters moved further west to Exton, Pennsylvania.
Rylie and Addy Stowe give us big smiles
while Tammy is off to save the world from certain destruction!