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  1. Ordered! Glad that I saw it was live already, or I would have been waiting til tomorrow. 😊👍
  2. My jewel case broke while unwrapping also....dang, it's like that stuff was hot-glued onto there.
  3. Just a note about your note on these notes (haha): The new Sony actually goes on longer than the Varese, though not much. That little ostinato ("repeated doodad") fades out ten bars after the clarinets drop out at 1:19. In the Varese we get to the 9th bar and it stops after the first beat. I kinda like that better (it's definitely more of a proper ending as Frank said), but the Sony doesn't fade out early. We just hear the fade out. Edited to add a P.S.: that spreadsheet is awesome! I missed the Varese but picked up the Sony. It arrived yesterday and I've enjoyed readi
  4. One thing I know we can agree on, Thor: it's incredibly frustrating that JW couldn't recall his exact enlistment date in the interview he did with Col. Lang a few years ago. I wanted to pull my hair out over that! haha
  5. No, the enlistment periods were for four years. We didn't have three-year enlistments then. The reason someone would have signed up voluntarily (instead of being drafted) would be to have more control over the career field ("job") you would do. The AF Bands were a hot ticket at the time because so many musicians from LA and NY were joining it to beat the draft - therefore, you would be in a band with a lot of talented folks. This stemmed from the decade before when Glenn Miller took his act into the Air Force and became Captain (later Major) Glenn Miller; this created an incredibl
  6. I can't check his S/N specifically because he is still alive and I'm not a next-of-kin; the Privacy Act of 1974 prevents looking someone up specifically. But I do have records (old regulations and historical data) of how the serial numbers were assigned (see the info I included above).
  7. But - he wasn't drafted. No worries Thor...I'll always leave room for errors in a 65-year-old article. The only other thing I'll mention is that the ID numbers 200000-399999 were used for enlisted Airmen who joined the AF in Jan, 1951 (the numbers 000001-199999 were used for US Army enlistees). The last six numbers of JW's serial number (389341) fall into that numerical category.
  8. Thanks! But no, sadly I am too busy to entertain that idea. I'm happy to contribute to the folks to do though. I've been an active duty composer/arranger for the Air Force Bands for nearly 19 years now, and have served as the unit historian for several of the bands I've been in. That article that floats around - the one that introduced everyone to the existence of "You Are Welcome" - was one I found back in 2001 or 2002 at the archives at March Air Reserve Base in southern CA while researching the history of our northern CA band - the USAF Band of the Golden West. In th
  9. You and I have agreed to disagree on the enlistment date in the past, which is fine, despite the news clipping I have that specifically states "Enlisting in January, 1951, John spent some time at David-Monthan AFB, Tucson, Arizona..." (etc.). As the other article states that his discharge was coming in Jan, 1955, that would be the natural end of the Air Force's standard 4-year enlistment. I understand he did some things during early 1951 that don't have to do with the AF, but as I've mentioned in the past: the AF doesn't control everything I do in my off-time (and they didn't in 1951 either).
  10. OK, I just finished the podcast and it was very nice. Great job Trumpeteer! Here are some slightly incorrect details though: - JW spent four years in the Air Force, not two. The Air Force did not offer 2-year enlistments in the early 1950s. His enlistment ran from Jan, 1951 - Jan, 1955. - JW was not drafted, he enlisted voluntarily. This is based on his service number: AF19389341; the prefix "19" was a geographical identifier that indicated the Airman had enlisted from one of several western states (CA, OR, WA, AZ, NV, others). Draftees from those states were issued a service
  11. Oh...in all the excitement, I almost forgot there's samples to listen to. A nice preview now that the excitement of ordering is over. 🙂
  12. "This Junkin" is one of the most highly respected conductors in the country, in both wind band and orchestral circles; the fact that you don't know his name says a lot more about you than it does about him. Different conductors have different takes on the limitless interpretations of every piece of music. Just because you don't personally like it doesn't make it wrong or "amateurish" (which it most certainly is not). Certainly you've heard the recording of "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" on Williams' album "Out of this World" with the Boston Pops, right? It is painfully slow. Does
  13. Sad to hear about legendary composer John Morris. NY Times Story here.
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