Many thanks to Dave Getz ’76 for providing the digital files and cover art for this album.


Record Album – “Then And Now” — 5 Comments

  1. I’m 75 and just got chills down my back. No, it’s not the C-virus..many of the recordings in this album are from my day (61′-64′). I especially liked the Light Calvary recording since it represents a pinnacle of my clarinet playing days… the brief clarinet interlude in the middle of the overture is me. For the first time, my family has proof that I actually played the clarinet. LOL In fact, this is the first time I’ve actually heard myself play.. from an audience point of view. The LCO was also on the itinerary when we performed the 64′ concert at the Academy of Music. I’ll never forget how good the acoustics were. The Band sounded awesome and the crowd loved us…and Eugene Ormandy absolutely made the Duke’s night by praising the Band.

    We always felt that we had a good band but never dwelled on it. Everyone who had the privilege to play under the Duke surely feels this way. Many thanks for resurrecting this recording and special thanks to Dan Witter.

        • Thanks Jeffrey, I had played bass clarinet with the Pottstown Band all summer and it definitely improved my embrasure. After the very first practice in 1963 the Duke mentioned my tone, and I explained the bass clarinet story. I was the youngest on the Pottstown Band by far, and only was invited because my older brother talked them into it. It was more of a Big Band type outfit and had singers, et cetera. Everyone had the music pretty much memorized and the music they gave me was usually hand written… and in the wrong key. Didn’t matter as the singers were always changing the key anyway. Big pressure on me, and they were unforgiving. ha.

  2. I see that Dave Getz actually provided the digital files. Thanks so much Dave for bringing back to life my times at the Forge.

    Norm (buddy) Arndt ’62’ and ’64

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