Egon wrote: Ryan H. Turner wrote:
My nemesis. Beat me out for DM of the Big Brown Music Machine. Arrrrrrrrrrrrgh.
AND NO!!! We're NOT brothers.
Paul was DM at Torrance High for two years and stacked up a bunch of trophies for it at competition parades. I think he taught drum major camps also. I guess his resume was pretty long. Besides, there was just no way Marvin could resist Paul's Pee Wee Herman impersonation.
Yeah. You got a point there. No one could quite do Pee Wee justice like Paul. And of course, I was straight off of tour with VK, so I thought my poop didn't stink at the time. Funny stuff...I sure was humbled.
And then I got a SECOND dose of humbling when Greg Woll took one look at my embouchure at our first lesson and he said "Ohhhhhhhh GOD, what have you done?!?!?!" And we "reshaped" things....hahahahaha.
I agree with Dave...I REALLY credit my time in youth band as laying a definite foundation for me. And just reading these posts (and especially Dave's...), the NAMES of the people involved whose paths have crossed mine are unbelievable, and we have a common "root" if you will.
Scott King--for crimeny sakes. WHAT A TALENT in the world of percussion AND guard. I worked with him at one of my early "marching gig" schools at University HS in Irvine. Richard King was the drill designer, I taught marching, Regina Naylor was guard instructor, Scott King was percussion, and Pete Fournier was the director. Who knew we both had a youth band heritage? We ended up working together again at FVHS for the "Waterworld" show as he was our special consultant that year, and of course, I announced many, many winter guard shows watching his many guards perform. OHHHHHHHHHHHH YEAH!!! It just hit me. LITERALLY!!!! He designed a show one year that had what I can only describe as one of the MOST complicated and extensive and TALL backdrops ever in the history of winter guard. Well, at a show one fateful night, a part of that backdrop toppled over, and like a domino, started taking out other support props. And I, the announcer, was in the direct path of this BEHEMOTH falling--had to jump for my life!!! LOL!!!
Daryl Spectre--first met him when he was running Avatar Winter Guard and I met him through Dave. I ended up Vice President of Contests for the Winter Guard Assoc. of Southern California, and Daryl was a judge (TandP) and on the Board of Directors. Who woulda known!!??
Dave Weinberg--one of the TWO that ORIGINALLY gave me the spark to get into drill design. From the first day I met him at a VK rehearsal back in 1985, we've been friends and even at one time, roommates (I learned how to wash dishes back then!!!). Considering how my life crossed his life and how we've stayed friends now for well over 20 years--it amazes me. But who woulda thunk we had youth band roots?
I THINK IT'S FREAKIN AWESOME...so pardon me for getting up on Memory Lane again.