Navy School of Music
I mentioned earlier that our lockers were are world, holding all
of our possesions in one neat place. I had no idea these lockers
were a luxury. Once I got aboard ship reality set in fast as the
actual shipboard locker space is 1/5 that you see here (hit this
link for comparision).
a good thing I lived at a military school and was a good organizer.
We all became good ones after boot camp. Some better than others.
Theres a place for everything and everything has its place.
locker was his life, his show place with a little bit of home to
the photo at the lower right you can see both my locker and that
of Dick Sholstag. Mine is in the background (with the pennants)
and his starts at the open door, meeting mind in the middle, with
the picture of the naked girl. You can see vastly different arrangements
and living styles. This is as it should be.
the left and right including the two photos below including are
of my locker. Can you imagine spending your military career living
out of a box like this? Once aboard ship it's worse. You have to
appreciate what our troops over seas are going through as we sit
on our comfortable couches safely at home. Think about it.
recognize Dick Sholstag in these photos. He's rather obvious. There
was not a soul who did not like him, even some of the officers Dick
enjoyed toying with. Dick was a good natured prankster and funny
man who also had a serious side. He was always very generous and
always had time to help someone. I envied him for his lust for life
and patient understanding. I'm glad to have known him and the same
goes for all the other fellows I met at the school. They contributed
more than they'll ever realize to my well being and happiness.
the EM (Enlisted Men's Club....sorry girls) hits like Nancy Sinatra's
"These Boots Are Made For Walkin' ", "Somethin' Stupid",
the Tremelos with "Silence is Golden" and the Four Tops
"Standing in the Shadows of Love" and "Bernadette."
The club also had locals bands play the weekends and featured a
GoGo Girl during the week nights.
was shear stupidity to have this half-naked girl gyrating in front
of all these home-sick sailors. Norfolk was known for being kind
to sailors. And dating a local girl was unheard of. They still had
signs in the front lawns saying "Sailors and Dogs Keep Off
The Grass" left over since WWII.
we went to the EM Club, watched the girl dance and drank. As you
can see in the picture to the left some guys had more fun than others!
To the right is the "Colt 45 crowd" with me in the middle.
We made every effort to 1. Be happy 2.
Get drunk. One
thing we learned for sure in the Navy was to get our priotities
I'm afraid the
fellow at the left is having more fun than the rest of us!
While at the
school I had the opportunity to audition for a US Navy Show Band
based in South America. They performed for us and were great. I
decllined. I was in a 'show band' while at the school and did some
local gigs with featured signers from out of town. It was exciting
and the work was fun.
I feel every
young person should learn a musical instrument and experience the
thrill and satisfaction of being in an ensemble. You have to read
the music before you, carefuly listen to everyone around you while
keeping in tune, in tempo and watching the conductor out of the
corner of your eye. It's a lot to do, however, studies show over
and over that students who are in the arts do much better scholastically
in school. They also stay out of trouble.
With the help
of fellow school mate, David Clauser, I started to specialize in
"screaming." Dave and I would set out early in the morning
fog to run around the tract with mouths closed to develop our lung
strength and capacity. Dave was an awesome musician and was always
in demand for show gigs. I was right behind him. The high range
techniques David taught me helped me all the way through college
in bands and orchestras.
word came that Naval personnel was being cut back. Musicians in
commands all over were being demoted to the deck force. Very freightening.
I was requested to audition and prepare to be a Bugler on a battleship.
I thought they were kidding. "What battleship" everyone
I knew said. I told them "the New Jersey." He who laughs
last laughs best.
Bob Boling and
I spent the next two weeks learning 108 Bugle calls, Honors and
Ceremonies preparing for the ultimate ship-board gig; Shipboard
Little did we
know we were the only ones.