In 1981, Butch Antal started Columbia Band Instrument Company which provided instruments and repair services in Missouri for 34 years. That same year, Butch also started The Columbia Community Band (CCB) which he directed for five years. CCB continues to be a vital part of Columbia's music culture. Butch received his first trumpet in 4th grade after promising his mother he would stick with it. He graduated from Riverview Gardens High School in 1968. Already a professional musician in his teens, Butch played many gigs at night clubs in the St. Louis area prior to graduation. He attended Central Missouri State University and earned his Bachelor of Music in 1972.
In 1968 at CMSU, Butch formed "The Storyville Stompers," his band for 47 years. After graduation from CMSU, Butch attended The University of Bonn-Germany on a teaching assistantship to obtain a Master of Performance while being affiliated with the Bonn Symphony as utility trumpet. He played first trumpet in "Three Penny Opera" in New York after returning to the US. He moved to Los Angeles when he had an opportunity to study with trumpeter Claude Gordon and worked as a studio musician with Hanna-Barbera, playing on the soundtrack of various cartoons. Success in the studio led to a stint on the Sonny and Cher Show and work as a sideman for artists including Frank Gorshin, Peggy Lee, Nancy Wilson and Henry Mancini.
Realizing that the life of a touring musician was not for him, Butch left Los Angeles and on the advice of friends chose to live in Hermann, Missouri, where he taught band at both public and parochial schools. Moving to Hermann turned out to be an excellent decision for Butch. His backdoor neighbor was Linda Penning whom he married on Dec. 27, 1980. Together, they moved to Columbia where his legacy still thrives through the Columbia Community Band, but even more so through the students, family, and friends he touched.
Butch Antal passed away in 2015. Whether in the audience, on the bandstand, or in everyday life, Butch brought laughter and joy to everyone he encountered. He was not just a colleague, but a loyal friend. He not only saw music clearly, but life too. His family and friends miss his talent, laughter, wit, advice, expertise, but most of all his generous nature.