The first three of these shots were taken at my last high school
band concert, a few days before graduation, performing in the
amphitheater in beautiful Gilson Park, right by Lake Michigan.
These pictures are admittedly not very good. They are very old
and blurry. I don't know who the cameraman was, but I suspect it
was my father who snuck around to the back of the band in
performance to get the conducting shots. I no longer remember
what I was conducting.
As you can see, the concert was not exactly standing room only.
I remember it was a hot day.
This picture is a tad sharper, but I'm looking down at the
Here I am receiving the annual Arian Award from Mr. Mages, a
student-voted prize for outstanding band member, for which I got
bragging rights and my name engraved on a plaque that hung in
the band and orchestra room. Also, I got some sort of medal that
my mother kept on a shelf full of knick-knacks, since I had no
use for it.
The award was clearly not given for best dressed
student. Notice that I'm wearing pedal pushers (popular in the
era), and black socks with white sneakers. In my high school
days I had a reputation for wearing sun glasses even indoors,
just to look cool. They let me get away with it.
The flutist on the outside, with the black shorts and her leg
extended, is Janet Sundberg, a wonderfully talented musician,
and my girl friend at the time. It was Janet for whom I wrote
the piece Study in Violet, just a few weeks after
this photograph was taken.
Me acting the part of drum major. I believe I got the job
because the uniform fit. There was only one. My geek suit.
This was probably taken on Memorial Day a week or so before the
concert pictures above. I'm standing in front of our house.
There was an annual Memorial Day parade that passed right by the
house every year, and that ended in that amphitheater in Gilson
Park. I can't remember that I ever got to see it myself, because
I was always marching in it, either in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts,
or a band.