Composer Returns KC Library Vinyl Records 6 Decades After Departure


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – We all forget certain due dates from time to time, so local libraries often don’t think of a book or other material coming back a few weeks late.

But David Izzard was a sophomore at what is now UMKC studying music theory and composition when he went to college. Kansas City Public Library to check out some records in 1961.

He took this music on quite a journey over the next 60 years.

“Music is what I do,” Izzard said at home. “When I can’t sleep at night, I have music in my head.”

It crossed his mind during his long career in music.

“In the early ’70s, I started writing jingles for radio and TV locally, and then I did a few national things,” Izzard said.

Next, Izzard took his talents to Los Angeles, spending long hours writing musical scores for TV productions, movies, and award shows. Thirty-five years of work has seen him work alongside some of the best songwriters and artists in the business while working on productions like Titanic and Indiana Jones.

When the light cleared, Izzard and his wife packed up and returned to Kansas City.

“And I finally got to this box in my office, and I opened it up and there they were,” Izzard said, referring to records he had checked in 1961. “I thought, ‘Oh man , I’m in trouble now.'”

Inside he found records from the Philadelphia Woodwind Quintet and Bela Bartok, so Izzard decided this time to make his case with works, not notes.

“Whilst reorganizing my vinyl record collection, I came across the two vinyl records attached,” Izzard wrote at the Kansas City Public Library.

The letter eventually found its way to the Kansas City Public Library’s assistant director of library services, Joel Jones.

“You can do the math on the number of years behind, but that doesn’t concern us at all,” Jones said. “We were just thrilled to have them back.”

Luckily for Izzard, Kansas City Public Library fines have always been capped at $2 before they were completely eliminated in July 2019. This meant Izzard was never in danger of paying the $450 fine, before interest he calculated and thought he might be subject to. to payment.

Izzard’s only payment was to return the records, more than a little late, but still in good condition after all these years. They will live on in the library archives where visitors can see the archives and cash cards from the 1960s that were still inside, stamped with the dates of the 1950s and 1960s.

“I think it shows how much respect he has and that so many people have for the public library,” Jones said.

Upon Izzard’s death, the broadcast-quality section of his music collection will be sent to UMKC.


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