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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000050.txt from 2005/07

From: "Jay Webler" <webler@-----.net>
Subj: RE: [kl] Long Concert
Date: Tue, 05 Jul 2005 17:51:15 -0400

During my time in the Air Force I marched a 5 mile parade in
Salt Lake City and then performed an hour and half Big Band
concert afterwards. Since I was playing percussion then that
meant that I played the entire parade route and then the
concert.

Jay Webler

-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Lytthans [mailto:lytthans@-----.net]
Sent: Tuesday, July 05, 2005 5:17 PM
To: Klarinet Digest (Mail)
Subject: [kl] Long Concert

My longest concert was performed when Richard Nixon was
president. The
Pomona Concert Band was playing for a birthday celebration for
him at his
home in Whittier. We played a two hour program, at end of which
he was
supposed to show up. Well, his motorcade was some two hours
late, so we
kept playing. Fortunately we had the full book there, so new
music was
available. Lots of sight reading and some duplication, but not
much. I
think we did some ten Sousa marches, overtures galore, Clarinet
Candy twice,
etc. Lots of tired chops in the band, which was big enough (90
players) to
allow us to spell each other. A four hour concert for a somewhat

questionable president, in retrospect, was not the best
afternoon in my
career. As concertmaster I did shake his hand, though. He said
that he had
played clarinet as a kid in junior/senior high for a while. His
library and
burial site is only four miles from my house, but I've never
visited it. I
have played smany concerts there over the years, but never
stepped foot into
the museum, or visited the graves. There are three graves, i
understand,
The Prez, Pat and his famous dog Checkers.

-------------------
Jim Lytthans
Anaheim, CA

Clarionet. An instrument of torture operated by a person with
cotton in his
ears. There are two instruments worse than the clarionet - two
clarionets.

Ambrose Bierce: Devil's Dictionary 1911

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