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Jules Herman

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Jules Herman, a longtime bandleader and former trumpet player for Lawrence Welk, died July 22 of heart failure in West St. Paul, Minn. He was 93.

Herman taught music in Gardner, N.D., but quit when fellow North Dakotan Welk asked him to join Welk’s orchestra as first trumpet.

While touring nationally, the Welk orchestra stopped in Pittsburgh in 1938. Welk ran a contest to name his new theme song, “Bubbles in the Wine,” and a local singer named Lois Best became Welk’s first official Champagne Lady, known for singing bright and bubbly tunes. Before the year was out, she had married Herman.

Herman later joined Wayne King, the “Waltz King,” before forming his own band. The family moved to the Twin Cities in 1950 when Herman accepted an invitation to head the house orchestra at the former Prom Ballroom in St. Paul. He led the orchestra for 35 years.

Herman also led the Minnesota Vikings football band for eight years. In 2002, he was inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame.

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