started playing clarinet when I was a freshman in High School. I
wanted to be in the Band and I asked Bob Lenox what he needed. That’s
when I started to take lessons. By the time I was a junior I was
also playing the saxophone and I started my own Dance Band, The Bob Nolting
Orchestra. It was an instant success.
Band lasted for about three years or until I started college. I continued
to play, but was drafted into the army, and attended the Band School at
Fort Dix and later assigned to The 359 Army Band at Fort Eustice, Virginia.
After the Army I went back to finish college at The University of Bridgeport.
Joined the Jack Still Band at the Pleasure Beach Ballroom and worked with
my own quintet.
I got married and started to have children I stopped playing for the next
35 years. In 2000 I was recuperating from triple by-pass surgery
and one day I noticed my Saxophone over in the corner of the den.
I took it out and played, but “Boy was I rusty,” so I started to practice
between 4 and 5 hours a day. After that I joined the Milford Concert
Band and the Stratford Community Concert Band. In addition, I am
a member of the Paul King Big Band, the Wayne Hiller Octet and the American
am presently Secretary-Treasurer of Local 52-626 American Federation of