graduating from Allegheny College I served in the US Army of occupation
of Germany for 18 months in Stuttgart as a woodwind instrumentalist
and really learned to play Sousa marches in parades in the
land that gave us JS Bach. I think Sousa was also a master, but all that
the army stint I worked at the missile test center in Florida for two years.
Surprisingly , the USA didn't get a satellite in space until I left
to the missile facility . I left to travel with the Jerry Cozzi trio
which was fired two weeks after leaving my day job. Although I got
more schooling , this time in electronics , I stayed with music and
played as a resort player in the Catskills , and in the slow time of the
winter I would often be a cruise ship musician. I would usually go
out for three or four months at a time with Carnival. I have also
been a guest musician for Hawaiian - American cruise line ( on both the
Independence and Constitution ) and the Delta steamship company on
the Mississippi (on both the Mississippi Queen and the American Queen ).
There was a brief stint with Norwegian Cruise line. I played some of the
above as a musician for the Sammy Kaye Orchestra (1994-2002).
Catskills (both the Jewish and Italian alps) allowed me to be in concert
with entertainers like Jerry Vale, Sergio Franchi, Al Martino,
Enzo Stuardi, Eddie Fisher, and play on and off or with comics as Milton
Berle and Jackie Mason, Dick Shawn, Charlie Callas, Sal Richards, Alto
and Mantia, etc.
of the above was playing 6 shows behind Ms. Anna Marie Allbeghetti and
being an onstage trio member for a month of theater with Ms
Melissa Manchester. Also, I worked with conductors Glenn Osser and
Ms. Pearl Kaufman of Northridge Music; both were wonderful.
highlight was forming a music arranging service with arranger, Mr. George
Siravo . He was nominated for a Grammy for the Tony Bennett album,"Who
Can I Turn To." The company was not a financial success but the learning
situation with Mr. Siravo was very exciting and unforgettable .
go to musicians that give of there time to perpetuate live music in a world
that seems to have turned its back on same . Praise also for the politicians
that didn't allow the military to reduce the size of the wonderful
military bands such as exist at West Point MA. The cost of one jet
engine is more than the cost of maintaing the entire wonderful West Point
peeves: greed in medicine, lyrics for messages songs that aren't
enunciated well enough to present the message, lack of interest in old
tap and jazz dancing, lack of lovely bands to play in when one graduates
from high school and wants to "go on ," heartless political actions and
wars, jazz players that never studied the music of the dixieland
pioneers, decline of small farms and the altering of food products with
the addition of plastics and such --- AND, oh yes , lack of world
I always wanted to play for Sinatra , T. Bennett, or Rosemary Clooney.
I also wish I had studied piano as a youth, and that I would have
had private lessons as a young man.