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    Posted Friday, December 15, 2017 19:00 CMT: Check this news & message ticker for MilitaryBandsman.Com website updates, including new band members and band events. Updates & new entries for December 2017: We've added 6 new members to our five groups since last posting here. Click on the links at the bottom of this homepage to get reconnected with these vets. Welcome Michael Tripp career US Army euphonium player 1978 - 2003, Brian Lewis US Army clarinet, saxophone and electric bass player 1968 - 1973, Victor Johnson 30 year career USCG bass trombonist with the USCG Band New London CT, Vincent Czepiel US Army percussionist and Special Bandsman Drummer with the West Point Band [Vincent served in the Hellcats Field Music Detachment], George Barg US Navy tuba and electric bass player 1976 - 1985, Lawrence 'Larry' Trautman career USAF trumpet player 1961 - 1989 [Larry played trumpet, as well as being band manager and the NCOIC with the USAF Airmen of Note. The Airmen of Note is the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C.], Stephen Eisen career US Army trumpet player and 02S Special Bandsman 1976 - 1996, Jim Bogart US Army tuba player 1968 - 1970 and Randy Hamilton career US Army French horn player 1974 - 1995 [Randy retired 'in-country' Germany and still lives there!]. Updates & new entries for November 2017: We've added 27 new members to our five groups since last posting here. Click on the links at the bottom of this homepage to get reconnected with these vets. Welcome Paul Wynkoop US Navy trombone player 1973 - 1976, Myra Byrd US Army active duty, ARNG & USAR clarinet player 1974 - 1986 [Myra was the first female to be assigned to the 282nd Army Band and the first female to be assigned to the 108th Army Band], Pamela Fisher USAF flute player 1990 - 1992, Matthew Stevenson USMC Sousaphone player 1973 - 1975, Larry Culp USAF trumpet player and bass drummer 1963 - 1964 [Larry played with the 539th USAF Band for President John F. Kennedy on November 21, 1963 - less then 24 hours before his assassination - at his dedication of the Brook Aerospace Medical Center. The 539th USAF Band was also the featured band on March 7, 1964 for the annual Convention of the American Bandmasters Association], Connie McAlpin USAF 1974 - 1976 and Michael Findlay career USAF saxophone player 1980 - 2001. New entries for October 2017: Welcome David Smith US Army trumpet player 1975 - 1981, Greg Knight US Army trombone player 1970 - 1971, John Tracy US Army percussionist, guitars and vocalist 1972 - 1979 and John Kleker US Army trumpet player 1961 - 1963. Welcome also my old US Army 8th ID Band band mate and career Armybandsman David 'Chewie' Sanchez trumpet player 1971 - 1991 and George Napuda US Army French horn player 1952 - 1953. [George attended the 3rd Armored Division Band School in 1951 and the European School of Music in Dachau Germany prior to his entlistment. He also 'freelanced' with various Broadway productions in NYC as 1st Horn]. Updates & new entries for September 2017: Welcome William "Billy" Cobham [Yes, the ONE and ONLY!] US Army percussionist 1965 - 1968 [I'm always excited to receive new messages from veteran bandsmen & women, but was more than excited to hear from this legendary drummer & veteran army bandsman late last year!], Jesse Gil Jr. US Army French horn player 1968 - 1971, Andrew Yost US Army percussionist just recently starting his military band career at Ft. Drum's 10th Mountain Division Band, Ted Groh US Navy tuba, bass and violin player 1961 - 1971, Mark Taylor career US Army arranger with the United States Army Band 1977 - 2001, James Oncken US Army trombone player 1970 - 1975, Michael Saliba US Navy trumpet player 1953 - 1956 [Michael says he's 87 years old and still tootin'!], CW2 Clifford Shipp USAF Bandmaster stationed at Ernest Harmon AFB Newfoundland Canada 1951 - 1956, Corey Swinderman US Navy trumpet player and arranger 1975 - 1987, Douglas Barnett US Navy MU1 trumpet player 1959 - 1969 [Michael went to the Naval SOM Anacostia D.C. in the "mid-60's" right after Sid Zeramby], and Jim Cunningham career US Navy guitar and trumpet player 1973 - 2004. We've added several new members to our groups since last posting here. Click on the links at the bottom of this homepage to get reconnected with these vets. And check back soon for pending new members to our rosters! Updates & new entries for August 2017: We've added 3 new members to our groups since last posting here. Click on the links at the bottom of this homepage to get reconnected with these vets. Welcome Steve Raglin US Army trombone player 1976 - 1980, Joe Atwater USAF saxophone player 1974 - 1983, Wayne Gramelspacher US Army trumpet player 1962 - 1965 [Wayne played and recorded all the Navy and Army bugle calls for the Armed Forces Radio & Television Service in 1964. He's posted them on his YouTube page. Click here to go to YouTube], Susan Cottrell USAF French horn player 1975 - 1980. We've added 2 new members to our groups since last posting here. Click on the links at the bottom of this homepage to get reconnected with these vets. Welcome career US Army bandsman, tuba player, Commander and Bandmaster Peter Gillies 1989 - 2013 - thanks for a great job Chief! Larry Whitcomb career USAF tuba player 1976 - 1999, Carol Jensen career US Army active duty and ARNG French horn, euphonium and trombone player 1963 - 1997, Howard McCullers USMC clarinet and saxophone player 1984 - 1987, Andy Huntt USAF percussionist/drummer 1983 - 1995, Lawrence Martin USAF bassoon player 1968 - 1976 [Larry has a "shout out" to his fellow veterans Michael Bruce, Lay Arredondo and Kent Gripenstraw!], Miguel Torres career US trombone player 1988 - 2013, Allan DeFilippo US Army saxophone player and Vietnam veteran 1969 - 1970, Larry Hirsch career US Army DEARNG trombone player 1970 - 1991, Ronald Miller US Army clarinet player 1971 - 1974, Neal Jakubowsky USAF saxophone player 1977 - 1981, Diane Robbins US Army clarinet player 1986 - 2003 [Diane was medically discharged due to a LOD accident], Harold Shoemaker US Army and FLARNG baritone horn player 1962 - 1977 [Harold still plays in local community bands and a brass sextet in the Florida area], Amy Morgan career US Army pianist [Amy's updated her email address and profile adding a new band], William Jokela US Army bassoon player 1968 - 1971 [As a career veteran William's had 3 tours with the US Army - as a bandsman, a chaplain and working while on active duty with the Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center], Eric Westerlund US Army trombone player 1978 - 1987 and Gregory Zupan US Army clarinet player and Vietnam veteran 1969 - 1972. We've added 24 new members to our groups since last posting here. Click on the links at the bottom of this homepage to get reconnected with these vets. Updates & new entries for July 2017: Welcome Conley 'CP' Norris US Army saxophone player 1977 - 1981. Updates & new entries for June 2017: A new band is added to our rosters! The 7th Army Soldier's Chorus at Taylor Barracks Mannheim-Volgelstang Germany. What an interesting story this band has. Click on the Info icon next to the band's name for more info. Welcome Richard Olivieri US Army saxophone player 1963 - 1965. We've recently added more then a dozen new members to our groups. Click on the links at the bottom of this homepage to get reconnected with these vets. Robert Favin US Army clarinetist has updated his contact information. Welcome Mark Stephens US Army and USAR euphonium player 1983 - 1986. Mark continued his service as a commissioned officer. Welcome Mary Rarden [Smith] US Army oboe and flute player as well as Special Bandsman 02S 1978 - 1984, Michael Moyer US Army trumpet player 1978 - 1983, Bridgette Brenmark [Dryer] US Army CWO Bandmaster, piano and saxophone player since 2007 and still on active duty! Welcome Gregg Blakeny USAF trumpet and fluegelhorn player 1974 - 1978, Norman 'Rocky' Short USAF trombone player 1963 - 1967. Rocky is the first veteran on our rosters who's been assigned to the 522nd Air Force Band at Ramey AFB Punta Borinquen Puerto Rico. Ramey AFB has also been home to the 776th Air Force Band that was relocated there after leaving the Panama Canal Zone. Welcome Fred Parker USAF French horn player 1968 - 1983, William 'Bill' Stone USAF euphonium, tuba and string bass player 1960 - 1964, Tom McLaughlin US Navy trombone player 1973 - 1977, Allyn Erickson US Army trumpet player 1957 - 1959. Allyn has added himself and 15 other veteran bandsmen to the 72nd AB roster 1957 - 1958 while at Camp Hanford in Richland WA. Allyn also added himself and 2 other veteran bandsmen to the 72nd's rosters after being relocated to Ft. MacArthur in San Pedro CA. Allyn tells me the 72nd AB was attached to the Garrison that guarded German POW's as well as the 'Manhattan Project' during WWII. He's sent me a picture of the band's 1957 roster from Camp Hanford, which I've posted on the ArmyBandsman Facebook group's page. Welcome also Joseph Howard US Army trumpet and cornet player 1979 - 1983. More entries are pending, so check back soon! Updates & new entries for May 2017: If you're a member of Facebook, please check in on one or all of MilitaryBandsman's 7 Facebook groups and pages. Dozens of new veteran military musicians have recently joined one or more of these groups, now numbering nearly 5000 members! Welcome Ted Plambeck USMC oboe, clarinet, saxophones, percussionist and bagpipes player 1977 - 1980 as well as with the US Army 1981 - 1999, Charles Stambaugh US Navy French horn player 1970 - 1974, Sandra Seth US Army clarinetist 1974 - 1977 and Joseph 'Joe' Levine US Army clarinetist and Special Bandsman with the US Army Field Band 1963 - 1968. Updates & new entries for April 2017: Welcome David Stenz US Navy musician 1972 - 1974, James Shatto US Army trombone player 1994 - 1997, Robert Briggs US Army clarinet and saxophone player 1964 - 1966, Craig Thrane US Army and US ARNG trumpet player 1982 - 1988, Tim McCann US Army and USAF trombone player 1972 - 1995. Tim would like to hear from fellow band members who may have served with him and possibly have pictures to share. Welcome also Lyle Lamb USCG AUX Band Arizona Flotilla 114-10-3 ▪ Metro Phoenix AZ drummer since 2016 and Angie Holliday USCG AUX Band Arizona Flotilla 114-10-3 ▪ Metro Phoenix AZ drummer and flautist since 2016. Updates & new entries for March 2017: Welcome John Bailey USAF percussionist 1972 - 1976, Kurt Braun USAF oboe and saxophone player 1966 - 1969, Nicholas Karatzas US Navy percussionist, violin, mandolin, viola, and French horn player 1960 - 1965, Frank Dominguez US Navy vocalist, saxophone, flute and piccolo player 1987 - 2012, Jon Jeffery USCG Auxiliary Arizona Band Flotilla 114-10-3 Metro Phoenix drummer 2016 - present, James Davis II US Army tuba, electric bass and trombone player 1981 - 1990 and Carey Muse US Army percussionist 1968 - 1970. Updates & new entries for February 2017: Welcome Jim Butler USAF trombone player 1967 - 1984, William 'Rick' Tolbert USAF trombone player 1984 - 1993, Ted Wanack US Army trombone player 1968 - 1971, Michael Saleck US Army saxophone, keyboards and percussionist 1973 - 1975. Welcome Royal Canadian Air Force bassoon player Guy Doyon 1967 - 1979. Guy also was assigned to the international and interservice NORAD Band in Colorado Springs CO. And Philip Okunoren Nigerian Army Band Corps trumpet player 1979 - 1991. Updates & new entries for January 2017: Welcome Douglas Webber US Army percussionist 1977 - 2004, George Emerson USAF French horn player 1970 - 1974 and US Army French horn player 1994 - 2010, Richard Ward US Army clarinetist 1962 - 1969, Daniel Rakes US Army baritone and euphonium player 1962 - 1964, Roger Gray US Army trumpet player 1980 - 1983, and Douglas Green USAF French horn player 1960 - 1961. Douglas was also the band's drum major and part of the unit's folk trio "The Coachmen". The USCG Aux Band "The Commodore's Own" Flotilla 22-07 Northport NY saxophonist and charter member John Sasso sent a message saying that the band has grown to over 40 members and performs regularly for the USCG Aux, the USCG and veterans of all branches of the military by providing entertainment at local public affairs events. The band also supports the local USAF Association. John says that he is looking for good musicians to join the USCG Aux Band program and also encourages other ensembles to be formed around the country. John can be contacted via this website if you have any questions. If you haven't had a chance to see it yet, checkout our entertaining feature TBOTB and read USAF musician Fred Robinson's excerpts from his book series 'The Back Of The Bus [TBOTB] - The Life & Times Of Military Musicians'. Stories we can all relate to, this feature will update every week with the posting of a new story. Enjoy great reading by clicking on the buses above! If you have pictures you'd like to have posted or an event your band or group is planning and you'd like us to post it, email us at one of the contact email addresses below. Enjoy!


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