Memories are Made of This

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 27
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1995
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 326335
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Title Memories are Made of This
Description Manti bands always got high marks, both in concert and in marching They participated in parades al) over Utah on a regular basis They also provided great entertainment by playing concerts on [he library steps on many warm summer nights Traditionally, they gave an early morning salute on the Fourth of July as they traveled around town on a flatbed truck There is something magic about hearing a band play "The Stars and Stripes Forever" just as the sun is peeking over the mountain tops The band provided fun and rewarding experiences for a lot of budding young musicians Then came the greatest event ever in the white-haired kid's life- a chance to play in a real dance orchestra.' Imagine the thrill and excitement of playing with the Rhythmaires. led by who else? R. Easton Moffitt Wow, he would be playing alongside guys like McLoyd Erickson (saxophone), Maurice Crawford and Lee Sidwell (trumpets). Glen "Squish" Bown (drums), and Burke Braithwaite (piano) Just imagine1 However, this meant the kid badly needed a new horn Fortunately it wasn't long in coming A brand new King trumpet complete with a "Rudy Muck" cushion-rim mouthpiece arrived in time for the first practice What a beautiful instrument it was with that shiny bell of silver and gold The valves worked like a dream and the tone quality was superb It cost over a hundred dollars' Gosh, that was probably most of the money in town! Yes sir, great and exciting things were happening in the life of the white-haired kid. Everyone loved dancing and the band played regularly all over central and southern Utah They looked sharp in their brown tweed jackets and bow ties The music was exceptional and the brass section added a new dimension when they acquired shiny aluminum "waw-waw" hats which provided unique sound effects on certain numbers A Rhythamaires' trademark was Easton serenading with his violin as he mixed with the crowd on the floor Another wonderful memory is the band playing its theme song, "I'll See You In My Dreams," as another dance ends at Manti's Millstream on a star-filled nigh, in July And then came the war' The dancing world kind of went upside down There weren't many guys left around and most of the girls were busy making bullets and parachutes, so dancing became mostly a happy memory The white-haired kid joined "This Man's Navy" and wen! to Farragut, Idaho, for boot camp Almost immediately the American Legion bugle experience became important, bugle calls were still used as a means of communications in the armed forces, and the young musician got a special bugling assignment. Each night at 2150 hours he played "Tatoo" over the parade ground's loudspeaker to alert the 15,000 swabbies (sailors) that it was lights-out in ten minutes Then at 2200 he played "Taps" to signify the end of another day Playing those bugle calls in the clear, dark night knowing that 15,000 men were listening was a thrill that the kid from Manti never forgot. 3
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch 27
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326281
Reference URL