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    H. Robert Brady

                         In His Own Words:
    Years ago I had an experience that changed the direction of my life.  During a Big Band contest held at the Loew's Poli theater in Bridgeport, I played second tenor sax with Danny DeMarco's orchestra, one of three orchestras in the contest.  One of our numbers was Glenn Miller's "In the Mood".  The music called for a tenor solo, so when the time came, I walked to the mike at the center of the stage and with the spotlight nearly blinding me, I did my rendition (without any mistakes!) afterward came the applause and whistles.  "Boy, this is fantastic, this is for me!"  (By the way, we won that night.)

    Later I mentioned all this to the lead alto sax player, Ivan Hubbard.  He said, "This may seem great, but don't let that fool you, it would be a tough grind."  He continued, "Bob, get a good education and career, then do music on the side."

    In retrospect, I must say Ivan gave me true advice.  I did go to college, ( a little time out for the Korean War in the Air Force), then a forty-two year career in aviation.  I have been able to pursue the pleasure of playing music most of my life as an avocation.


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