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William H. Jones has a birthday today.
Oct
23
Oct 23, 2020 at 4:33 AM
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Oct
04
Oct 04, 2020 at 4:33 AM
Dennis Green posted a message. New comment added.
Sep
29
Sep 29, 2020 at 2:57 PM

Posted on: Sep 28, 2020 at 7:02 AM

Hi Woofer! Welcome to the group. My personal email is dennisgreen@comcast.net. Let me know yours and I can send you some interesting pictures and recordings from back in our touring days.

Glenn Coble posted a message. New comment added.
Aug
24
Aug 24, 2020 at 12:20 PM

Posted on: Aug 21, 2020 at 10:29 AM

Happy birthday. Have a wonderful day.

Wayne Johnson has left an In Memory comment for his Profile.
Jul
19
Jul 19, 2020 at 4:42 PM

As the tributes for Major Fricano pour in, I want to briefly add mine. Sam Fricano was the officer who auditioned me as pianist for the Soldier's Chorus back in late 1969. I was pretty nervous but was told by another Field Band member that Sam was a trumpet player so I should just play the loudest and fastest piece I knew and that he would be impressed. That revelation relieved me a bit, so I sat down and played Liszt's Mephisto Waltz! He liked my playing but little did I know that he was an accomplished pianist as well. Later I found out first-hand. I was in the big rehearsal hall working on an arrangement of the theme from "Love Story"  to perform with a group from the chorus when Sam came in, listened for a while, then sat down beside me and offered to show me some juicy, jazzy chord changes for my arrangement. I was blown away by his generosity and musical knowledge and gladly incorporated his suggestions. He was just that kind of guy. I wrote to him a few months ago and included a commercial CD I recorded a few years ago of some solo piano music--old musical chestnuts that I though he might enjoy from the golden age of the piano. Although I knew he was in no shape to respond, I do hope he remembered me as one among many who respected and admired him greatly. 

Robert Hildreth has left an In Memory comment for his Profile.
Jul
18
Jul 18, 2020 at 6:32 PM

I am so saddened to hear of Major Sam's passing. I cherish the times I was able to meet up with the Fricanos in Jacksonville when they would come see me perform at the local dinner theatre there. I remember once when he accompanied me on the piano in the lobby after a performance of Hello Dolly!. It was so much fun just having a little jam with Sam and it took all three of us back to those golden Field Band years [I know that it took him back. He still called me "Bobby!!"] and that wonderful sense of Field Band comraderie that we all cherish. He was a great commander, a great musician, a great person and a priceless friend. A true gentleman. God bless and keep you, Major.           Bob Hildreth

Laurie Calderwood Cook posted a message. New comment added.
Jul
15
Jul 15, 2020 at 3:31 PM

Posted on: Apr 12, 2017 at 7:36 AM

Hey Colleen....long time no see. What have you been up to? What did you do for a living after leaving the band?

Nan Raphael posted a message.
Jul
14
Jul 14, 2020 at 9:34 AM

I had the honor of working with Sam Fricano for the first two years of my career with the Band. My audition for the band was very different than it is now. I got to sit in with the band for the first part of my audition and then played for Sue Schultz, Bob Zuern, Major Fricano and then Capt Grogan. They made me feel very comfortable. Two weeks later I got my invitation to join the band. Maj Fricano was a fiery, passionate conductor. One of my most unforgettable memories was at a concert where I was performing Through the Air--my first of many featured solos. The piece opens with a held note by the band and then a cadenza..well after I finished the cadenza Maj Fricano cut off the band, turned around and waited until the restless audience settled down. We started the piece again...I thought to myself, wow...it was going so well and I have to do this over again?!?!.. so, you always knew how he felt and what he was thinking. Of all the conductors I played for, he was one of if not my favorite. My heart goes out to him and his family and I'm ever so grateful that he gave me a job that provided security and lots of great opportunities that I wouldn't have gotten anywhere else.

David Hamilton has left an In Memory comment for his Profile.
Jun
21
Jun 21, 2020 at 3:13 PM

Larry and I began our friendship 77 years ago when we both were in the second grade at Plesant St. School in Ashland, Ohio. We maintained our grade school, high school, college, and USAFB days. together.. After our Field band days we went  our seperate ways, but maintained our friendship via corrospondence and actually visiting with each other a few  times each passing  year.. He was a very good musician, an excellent teacher, and a loyal friend. He will be missed by many.

  Dr. David Hamilton, formerly Spc. 5  David Hamilton, member of Soldier's Chorus 1959-62.

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Jun
08
Jun 08, 2020 at 9:18 PM
Glenn Coble posted a message. New comment added.
May
12
May 12, 2020 at 11:12 AM

Posted on: May 11, 2020 at 12:08 PM

Happy birthday, Ric (a day late)... sorry'

Glenn Coble posted a message. New comment added.
Apr
03
Apr 03, 2020 at 1:33 PM

Posted on: Apr 01, 2020 at 10:35 PM

Happy birthday, Bill.

Dec
30
Dec 30, 2019 at 12:01 PM

Merry Christmas Sammy! Come see us if you’re ever in Georgia.

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Glenn Coble posted a message.
Oct 03, 2019 at 10:32 AM

Happy birthday, Earl. Have a great day.

Nan Raphael has left an In Memory comment for her Profile.
Sep 14, 2019 at 12:33 PM

Though I arrived at the Band just 4 years before Frank retired, he was one of the "old guys" to me but he was different in that he always had a smile on his face and was very welcoming to us newbies. He knew how to put a smile on all of our faces. Nan (2003)