Vol. X, No. 1                                                                                           July 2007

Organizers of Portland Reunion Decide on July 2008 Date
More Reasonable Rates the Deciding Factor in Decision

  Following a number of exchanges between Scott Phoenix, Local Coordinator for the next 33rd ABAA reunion to be held in Portland, Oregon, and Frank Schlatter, current CEO for the alumni association, it was decided that the 2008 reunion would be held the weekend of July 3-6. The major factor in the decision  was determined by the much lower hotel rates during that weekend (nearer the $100 a night cost rather than leaning toward the much higher nightly rate).

  The hotel decided upon is the Hilton, which according to Scott, "has a great banquet facility," one of which provides "a sweeping view of the city."  Additionally, the hotel is right downtown, the most centrally located of all the hotels surveyed.

  So that members of the 33rd ABAA might have some idea of the kinds of activities that will be available during that weekend, Scott suggested that those with Internet access might wish to check out a number of sites that he listed pertaining to this year's events but which may be similar to events that will be scheduled during the same time period next year.

  Included in his listing are the following:



        PORTLAND BEAVERS BASEBALL (San DiegoPadres AAA affiliate club)


  About the Portland Beavers game, Scott wrote that they play at home every July 4th, and the fireworks after the game are superb.  (Scott suggested that we might look into having one of the guys play the national anthem at the game and having our organization being mentioned during the proceedings.)

  With regard to the Zoo, Scott provided a brief write-up about this year's event, which was characterized as "A symphonic celebration of independence pairing American composers with whimsical world music."  It featured the Pacific Coast Wind Symphony and 3 Leg Torso, the latter a five-piece outfit noted for "Blending traditional chamber music with tango, klezmer, Latin and world music."  The Pacific Coast Wind Symphony was apparently modeled after the Eastman Wind Ensemble.  During their performances at the zoo, the two organizations apparently joined forces to perform a number of 3 Leg Torso's original pieces.

  Scott also provided the following information:

LLOYD Center Mall (first indoor mall in the U.S.) http://www.lloydcentermall.com

POWELL BOOK STORE (perhaps the best bookstore in the known universe)! http://powellsbooks.com/

PENDLETON WOOLEN CLOTHING, ETC. Call 800-760-4844, or visit pendleton-usa.com for more details.  The Portland Pendleton Shop address 900 SW Fifth Ave, Portland, OR Location Entrance is actually on Fourth Ave. between Salmon and Taylor Phone 800/241-9665; 503/242-0037.

FROMMER'S REVIEW Pendleton wool is as much a part of life in the Northwest as forests and salmon.  This company's fine wool fashions for men and women define the country club look in the Northwest and in many other parts of the United States.  Pleated skirts and tweed jackets are de rigueur here, as are the colorful blankets that have warmed generations of Northwesterners through long chilly winters.

EVERGREEN AIR MUSEUM (McMINNVILLE) http://www.sprucegoose.org

ASTORIA http://www.oldoregon.com/

CANNON BEACH http://www.cannonbeach.org

TILLAMOOK CHEESE FACTORY http://tillamookcheese.com/

MT. ST. HELENS MONUMENT http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/mshnvm/


TRI-MET TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM-LIGHTRAIL FROM THE AIRPORT http://www.trimet.org  Light rail system that goes from the airport to downtown and points west, including the zoo/RoseGarden.

OMSI - Portland science museum (w/Blueback submarine - last non-nuclear sub and used in the movie Hunt for Red October) http://www.omsi.edu/

  MIKE HAS ALSO CHECKED ON POSSIBLE BUS TOURS (on a 47 passenger bus) and has indicated he would like to have feedback regarding such tours from those who are giving serious consideration to attending the reunion.  To this end, this issue of Passing in Review is accompanied by a survey form devoted to the reunion itself and to additional activities.  You are encouraged to complete the survey form within the next few weeks.

  Depending on membership response, Mike suggested the possibility of one of the following tours being scheduled for Sunday, July 6.  The rates for the first two tours is about $100 less than the third one to Mt. St. Helens; thus the cost per person would be less.  Based on the number of people involved, tour #1 and tour #2 would probably cost about $20 a person or less.

1. The Columbia Gorge and Hood River Valley area, stopping at Crown Point, Multnomah Falls, and Hood River.  Preferred time of departure - 10:30 w/return arrival at the Hilton, downtown, at 6:00.

2. The Willamette Valley w/stops at the Evergreen Air Museum and a couple wineries (perhaps Amity, Sokol-Blosser, and Duck Pond).  Preferred time of departure - 10:30 w/return arrival at the Hilton at 6:00.

3. Mt. St. Helens National Monument, stopping at both Johnson Observatory and Coldwater.  Preferred tome of departure - 10:30 w/return arrival at the Hilton at 6:00.

A suggested tour for Monday, July 7 would take longer and would cost $845 for a 47-passenger coach.  The basic details of that tour are as follows:

Astoria (Lewis and Clark Monument, Maritime Museum, Cannon Beach lunch at Mo's and beach combing/shopping), and Tillamook Cheese Factory.  Preferred time of departure - 8:30 w/return arrival at the Hilton at 7:00.

Note:  If you are planning to attend the reunion, you are requested to complete a questionnaireTo access the questionnaire, Click Here




  At the time the most recent Passing in Review was distributed, we received an email from Adam Albanowicz of Essex, UK (adamalbanowicz@hotmail.com) in which he requested information from anyone who served with his grandfather, Eugene Vacher, an early 33rder.  He is especially interested in getting information regarding his time when he served in France, specifically ceremonies involving French and English bands.

  Adam wrote that his grandfather "still lives in El Cajon, although at 97 is starting to find it harder to get around.  I last visited him in October 2005, as airfare from England is rather expensive, and he gave me several photos from his time in the military.  As a retired CWO, he made a lot of friends over the years, and I am trying to get more information on some of the festivities that he led in France, as some of the Official photos had mistakes on participants, as far as I can figure out."

  "I know my grandfather is still leading the San Diego Mandolin Orchestra and the Singing Strings, along with going to the Rotary every week, possibly because of his diet of Orange Juice, Army Coffee, and Croissant for breakfast.  But it might also be his stubbornness that keeps him going on the farmette that his mother and father built."

  "Any info on the Army Band in Europe, especially France days, would be appreciated." 

Mike Bradbury (73-78) wrote to correct a couple of errors regarding him in the directory.  His home e-mail was changed in '05 to: whitewing05@earthlink.net . He noted that he was in the band from '73 - '78 and that he does "not show up - at all - in the 'by decade' listing."

Jeff Gottwig (78-80) provided us with a new e-mail address for him: gottwjeff@comcast.net

Roger Dickerson (58-59) had the pleasure during Black History Month to attend and speak at the world premiere of the orchestral version of his art song "For the Love of Jesus"., performed by the Wilmington (NC) Symphony Orchestra with soprano Joy Murrell.  Written to honor the memory of Henriette Delille (1812-1862), founder of the sisters of the Holy Family of New Orleans and who presently is in the Canonization Process, the original version of the art song was developed in 2001 for piano and soprano.  Roger says, though, that he early realized that the "composition needed to be written, as well, for mixed chorus, for high voice and symphony orchestra, for instrumental soloist (with piano or orchestra, and without text) and, finally, aversion which includes soloist, symphony orchestra, and mixed chorus, all together."  The version in Wilmington was scored in the summer of 2006.

Roger is scheduled to perform at the second annual Pecos Valley Jazz and Arts Festival in Roswell, NM, October 12-14, 2007.  Frank Schlatter (56-58), who is the chairman of the festival committee, has indicated that, besides Roger, the jazz artists who will be attending the festival this year include Randy Sandke, Trumpet; Tom Fisher, Clarinet; Nikki Parrott, String Bass; Jake Hanna, Drums; Judi K, Vocalist; John Sheridan, Piano; Houston Person, Saxophone; Warren Wolf, Vibraphone; John Allred, Trombone; and Guitarists Eddie Erickson and Curt Warren.  Performing on opening night of the festival will be the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Group.

Gabe Villani (56-58) wrote to say that he and his girlfriend were hoping to attend the festival in Roswell.  He also noted that Houston Person was "one of us that played all night long at the Die Falle.  We called him 'Percy.'"  At present, Gabe is trying to help the promotion of a documentary on Don Ellis, saying that he gave Frank his name to the Marketing person because the documentary is just being shown at festivals.  Gabe said that Houston Person knew Don well

Jerry Krzesinski (68-69) wrote as follows: "Just a quick inquiry as to the whereabouts of Vernon Ryker, trombonist from '68.  I found some old reel-to-reel recordings from that era that are still viable.  The cuts are both jazz (quintet) and full band.  I have been able to transfer the jazz cuts and build a CD.  The quintet was Ralph Stivison (flugelhorn), John Hutchens (alto sax), Vern Ryker (trombone), Art Rodrigues (drums), and Luther Hughes (bass).  I have located and contacted all the guys except Vern.  If anyone can help find Vern that would be great.  Thanks,"  Jerry's e-mail address is: jerrykaz1@roadrunner.com.

Jerry subsequently provided us with the e-mail address for Ralph Stivison (68-70) and Luther Hughes (68), which respectively are: rstiv@swbell.net and luther@lutherhughes.com

Dee Tonning (56-57) provided information about the trip to Europe that he and his wife recently took.
  "Since my tour of duty with the 33rd some 50 years ago, I had yearned to return to Europe and revisit some of the places I visited then.  Since the years are passing rapidly, Bonnie and I decided we had better do it now while we were still able.  With that in mind, we took off and made London our first stop."

  "It was wet and cool in London, but that is normal any time of the year.  It just so happened we arrived there the day they discovered two autos filled with explosives that were apparently meant to blow up in the airport.  Police were everywhere and it seemed half of the city streets were blocked off, making travel around London difficult.  Never the less, we spent three days there, seeing all the sights, including the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace."

  "From London we crossed the channel at Dover to Calais, then up through Bruges and Brussels, Belgium.  From there we entered Germany and made stops in Bonn then Cologne to see the famous cathedral.  A short cruise down the Rhine to view the castles brought us to Heidelberg where we visited some very familiar spots.  I could have spent a lot more time there. They almost had to force me back on the bus when it came time to leave.  We continued through Germany stopping at Karlsruhe and Munich.  From there we entered Austria with visits to Innsbruck, Salzburg, and Hitler’s “Eagle’s Nest” alpine retreat."

  "From Salzburg we went to Venice, Italy for sightseeing and a gondola ride.  It was then on to Rome for visits to St Peter’s, the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon and many other historical sites.  Our next stop was Florence where we saw world-famous sculptures and artwork.  It was then on into Switzerland and a visit to Lucerne.  One of the highlights of this visit was a trip up Mount Pilatus by cogged wheel railway for one of the best views of the snow-covered Alps.  I would have to say that in my opinion, Switzerland was the most scenic part of our trip."

  "From Lucerne, Paris was our final stop.  Again, our timing was unique, because we were there on Bastille Day, and tens of thousands of people were there for the celebration.  We visited all of the normal tourist attractions including the Louvre Museum, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, etc.  After 17 days, we arrived back home.  We enjoyed the trip immensely and would like to do it again, but next time take it a little slower."

  Dee provided some pix from the trip  They appear at the end of this newsletter.

Debby Petrelli Stellavato of Southbury, CT wrote us the following back in April:  "It is with great sadness that I report the passing of my father Mario S. Petrelli, who was with the USAREUR band in the mid-60s.  Mario died at age 85 from stroke complications on Oct.1, 2006, one year after the passing of his wife Pearl.  After his retirement from the USMA Band at West Point in 1972, he moved to Texas where he continued his involvement with music through the Alamo Pops.  Up until the day of his stroke, Mario was playing golf and playing his trumpet daily.  Although he was unable to speak in his last hours, he was still responding to old tape recordings of music from bands at Fort Ord, Heidelberg, and West Point, which we played continually for him at the end.  Mario and Pearl are both buried at Fort San Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, TX."

Frank Gomes (55-56) provided us with his new email address: fbgomes@comcast.net

Ken Briden (58-59) made two corrections to the directory information related to him.  His cell phone number is 505-205-8929 and his e-mail is kenandvera2@msn.com .  Ken also said the following:  "Remember that bet I had with Doug Youra on the University of New Mexico vs. University of Wisconsin at Green Bay girls' basketball game?  We bet a dinner in Portland or wherever and whenever we see each other again.  Well, the bad news is that I lost and owe Doug a dinner.  The good news is that at Doug's age, he'll probably forget by the time we get together again."

Dale Jacobs (69-71) wrote to indicate that he had run across our web site, saying that he didn't know that it existed.  A French Horn player during his tour with the band, he said it was the name of Jasper Bowman (69-71) that led him to the site.  He wrote: "Jasper and I made several trips to various cities around Europe.  I was sad to see that he had died.  When I have some time I would like to look at the newsletters and other information about the band.  Finding the website brought up some fond memories.  Many of the fellows in the band did not travel much, but I took a number of train trips around Europe sometimes alone but also with guys from the band.  I will be contacting you when I get a chance.  Thanks for the web site!"

Those interested in contacting Dale should write or call Frank Schlatter.

Ken Tschanz (57-58) wrote shortly after the distribution of the last newsletter, providing the following:  "The picture of me in the Passing of the Cords Ceremony in the January/February newsletter, brought back many fond memories of the time I spent in the 33rd Army Band with all of you (1958) and, of course, I was reminded of leaner times when I noticed with disbelief and some regrets my 28-29 inch waist!

  Last May, Ardith and I were vacationing in Hawaii with our family when I noticed a lump on the side of my neck below my ear.  It was malignant and now I'm in the process of recovering from surgery and Radiation/Chemo treatments.  So far everything looks good and I'm looking forward to doing more things with my wife and family, as well as flying radio controlled electric planes, and returning to painting watercolors.

  I enjoy reading the Passing in Review newsletter, edited by Frank Schlatter, and appreciate all the hard work that he and others have done in connecting all of us 33rd Army Band members with each other.  Frank's statement in the January/February newsletter, regarding the essence of life, caused my wife and me to reflect upon that which we consider of utmost importance in our lives.  I would like to share a couple of these thoughts with you.

  Our lived have been enriched and blessed when we recall the wonderful memories, relationships and experiences we have enjoyed with each other and others from the distant past to the present.  But that which has given us true meaning and purpose, regardless of what life may offer, is our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and our friend and Savior.

Lou Driever (55-56) forwarded the following, which was apparently produced by an individual named Jeffrey P. Flagg of Austin, TX.

    The title of the piece is "An Upscale Bar", and it goes like this:
    C, E-flat and G entered a bar.  The bartender said, "Sorry, I don't serve minors."
    The E-flat left and the C and G had an open fifth between them.
    After a few drinks, the fifth was diminished and G was out flat.
    An F entered and tried to augment the situation but was not sharp enough.
    A D entered and excused himself to the bathroom, saying, I'll just be a second."
    An A entered but the bartender wasn't convinced that this relative of C was not a minor.
    Then the bartender noticed a B-flat hiding at the end of the bar.  "Get out, right now!" he exclaimed. "You're the seventh minor I've found in this bar tonight."
    The next night the E-flat returned to the bar in a 3-piece suit.
    The bartender said "You're looking sharp tonight.  This could be a major development."
    This was the case, when the E-flat took off the suit and everything else to stand there au natural.
    Eventually, the C sobered up and realized in horror that he was under a rest.
    He was brought to trial, found guilty of contributing to the diminution of a minor, and was sentenced to ten years of D.S. without the possibility of a Coda.
    On appeal he was found innocent of any wrongdoing, even accidental, because the accusation was baseless.
    The bartender decided he needed a rest - and closed the bar.

Frank Schlatter (56-58) has been busy with activities other than the 33rd ABAA and the previously mentioned Pecos Valley Jazz and Arts Festival.  Near the end of last year he was served with legal papers that called for him, along with some other individuals, to be held in contempt of an injunction that had been handed down by a federal court in Illinois some forty years ago.  Thus, since that time he has been engaged in writing affidavits, giving a deposition, and, in general, working to defend himself and his colleagues.  He and his friends are hoping the judge in the case will hand down a positive ruling for them by August 8th.

More recently, though, Frank produced and directed a one-act play that he wrote for the 60th anniversary of the Roswell UFO incident.  As the producer of the show, Frank also designed and built the set.

Entitled "Rendezvous Over Roswell", the play occurs inside a flying saucer in the present-day.  The basic premise of the play is that one of three spacecraft that were involved in the Roswell incident was not unduly damaged and after it is found by some ranchers they realize they don't want to have anything to do with the military authorities in Roswell and they place the craft in an underground chamber on one of their ranches.  

  There are two characters in the play, an older man in his 70's and a young man in his early 20's.  It was their relatives who found the craft in 1947, a fact known by the older man, who now wants the younger man to prepare himself to be the caretaker of the craft.  They "take a spin" in the craft so the young man will have some notion of what is involved with the amazing machine.  The audiences at the recent UFO festival appeared to enjoy what transpires immediately before, during, and after their flight.



Mario S. Petrelli, Trumpet (mid-60s), passed away at age 85 from stroke complications 0n Oct.1, 2006


The following pix were taken during Dee and Bonnie Tonning's recent European trip.  Thanks Dee!







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