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An Old Master returns home ‘Doc’ Bradshaw, July 19, 1962

Kenneth “Doc” Bradshaw, one of the more accomplished pianists to come out of the Twin Cities, returned home in July 1962 after a seventeen-year absence. He performed before a capacity crowd at Miller Park. Doc is seen here warming up in the bandstand with Dorothy Ann Burkhart, a former student of his. Who out there recalls Doc Bradshaw?

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the Librarian at the McLean County Museum of History


Nancy J Miller8/20/19 12:33pm

Doc Bradshaw was associated with Miller Music Co. in Bloomington. I took piano lessons from him at the tender age of 14. In the end, I lost interest in trying to learn but I do recall a lunch hour at Downs Grade School when I did play for my fellow students.

Jon Washburn9/20/21 5:29pm

Hello, Bill Kemp, Are you still there at the Museum?

How extraordinary to run across this great photo of Doc Bradshaw. I was indeed a piano pupil of his when I was a child… probably about 1952, when I was 10.

I am retired now after 48 years as conductor of the well known Canadian professional choir, the Vancouver Chamber Choir.

Much of my studies were in musicology, and I now am embarked on a lot of personal research. I was just entering Doc’s name in a chronology and wondered if he might show up on a simple google search and this delightful photo showed up. (I didn’t even have his first name!)

Where did you get this photo? Is it possible for me to get a copy?

Do you have a particular interest in Bloomington’s musical history?

I might be able to provide you with a few interesting anecdotes, photos and clippings.


Jon Washburn

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