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    Brush With Greatness - Al Neuman

    Monday, 27 February 2017 10:52

    This week we hear from listener Al Neuman.

    "In the Vancouver area in the early 1970s, my boss, Larry Homer, had a dream of forming a fun big band and, after much effort, he and a few of us non-professional musicians formed a 'Society For The Preservation Of Big Band Music'. We called it 'THE MOONLITERS BAND.' The band came together beginning in 1972. The years gave us some great stories:

    One time, upon arriving for our usual Tuesday night session, the director placed a new chart on our stands. The tune was Groovin’ Easy. Then ... 1,2,3,4 and the seventeen of us started in. A real driving tune but after a few bars ... something was not right.

    Numerous starts but still the same. After some thought, the director stood up and asked us all what tune was in front of us.

    Three players had been handed 'Moten Swing.'

    Another time, the piano player insisted that he play our practice piano for a big gig even though the hotel had a baby grand available. We loaded the practice piano into a trailer. I towed it with my old pickup. Crossing railroad tracks, the back doors blew open; out came the piano. It shattered into a million pieces.

    Another time in the early 80’s, the band was entertained to the fact that our drummer was an undercover police officer. He'd show up with some incredible disguises.

    Over the 15 years I was a member, some of us were honored to have our own sons and daughters play with us during their high school band days. That included one particular member, a high school administrator’s son ... Brad Turner, now a very well established musician himself."

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