Thanks Scott - thank you for your kind words. The "focus" you are talking about was me just doing my best to keep up with "Shorty" (Tim Bartholemew) to the left of me, "Goober" (Al Chez) to the right of me, "Skeeter" (Al Newton) flying over my head and Brian Wilkie reminding me how little I know about music theory. The bar was set real high and looking back all these years later I'm comforted, humbled and honored to have been surrounded by the best in the business.
1982 was a breakthrough year for the Garfield Cadets as you know. For those that don't, that was George Zingali's and Mark Sylvester's first year with the Corps and also George Hopkins first year running the program. The Corps finally found it's groove the end of first tour when we won DCI East and then went on to beat SCV for the first time a few weeks later. You know the rest of the story.
To be perfeclty honest with you Scott, I honestly don't remember the guy's name. What I do remember is that he told me that he taught in a school that was "sister" to yours and that you had lent him a trumpet to use a while ago.
I would love to talk with you about it. I do work M-F 8-4 but am available nights and weekends if that works and I know I would enjoy it. If you have some time we could meet at Starbucks and chat about it. Let me know. Thanks!