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Bandnotes Guestbook Archive
Mike SILVASAzusa High 1969
In band from 1967 to 1970
I was in: Marching Band,
Instrument(s): I WAS THE MASCOT
I do not play my instrument
I was the Little guy that marched with the band in the 60″s I remember Kip Decker and Michelle Wolfe. Also going to National City. I have some pics from then i will attach them this weekend.
~ Mike, Wed Sep 15 12:32:03 2004
Ross Mayfield Azusa High 1970
In band from 1967 to 1970
I was in: Marching Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra,
Other activities: I was in Choir and Aztec Singers. I was on the varsity swim team. I qualified for and went to CIF. (All by myself cause the coach was busy with something else!?) That was the same weekend as National City so I got to go to Long Beach Swim Stadium for CIF and then fly on PSA airlines down to San Diego to join the band for National City.
I Sometimes play my instrument
I still have my trombone, although 99 percent of the time it sits in the corner in it’s case, only to see the light of day when some appropriate occaision like New Years Eve needs a loud blast or two.
remember we used to block off Cerritos avenue so the band could practice marching in the street before parades. That was fun. I remember Coach Burch Drake coming up to Doug Dickey and myself, and asking – “You guys are in the band, aren’t you?” We answered “yes.” And he said, “Well, I’ll tell you what, if you make sure that the band does really good and wins at parades, you don’t have to come to P.E. for the rest of the semester.” “But! If you get caught for being out of class, you’ll be in trouble for ditching. So go lay low somewhere and don’t get caught and you won’t have to come to P.E.” I remember the band uniforms were excellent for keeping the heat in on hot days and for remaining several degrees colder than the outside air temperature on cold days. I remember at National City in 1969, back at the hotel after the parade, someone decided it would be fun to drop a water balloon off of the balcony of their room. I think it was from about 6 floors up. The balloon was released, gravity took over and at about the halfway point in it’s plunge toward earth, band director Michael Seeley and his wife stepped out of the safety of the lobby. Not realizing what was headed their way, they positioned themselves perfectly onto ground zero and the balloon scored a direct hit on Mrs. Seeley’s head. In 1968 at National City I was staying in a room with my brother Gregg, Tom Landis and Jim Camin. Someone decided it would be fun to fill our beds with Corn Flakes. It was determined that the culprits were Debbie Kershner and Margo Brusnahan. I can still picture in my mind the image of Margo as she entered Mission Bay after being carried out and thrown off the end of a pier by my brother and Jim Camin. Margo is now my sister-in-law. I remember during band rehearsal, David Smith used to pretend that his trombone was a cannon. He would spin his hand next to the mouthpiece as if he were cranking the handle to raise the weapon into position. He would make fine adjustments for range and azimuth towards the intended target before silently announcing “FIRE!” as he motioned the slide in and out, imitating the weapons’ recoil. One day, Smith’s imaginary target became band director Michael Seeley. Mr. Seeley was working with the clarinets to make sure they were playing their parts correctly. As David raised his cannon into position, he leaned back in his chair preparing to fire his weapon. Smith mouthed the words, “ready……aim……FIRE!” And as the trombones’ slide jerked from the recoil of the silent blast, Smith’s chair flattened out from under him with a loud CRASH! and he ended up sprawled out on the bandroom floor. I remember cruising around Azusa with my brother, Jim Camin, Tom Landes and David Smith. One night we were driving up Pasadena Avenue at 11th Street and Wayne Franks, Dave Durrell, Mike Kershner and some other guys were there. They decided it would be fun to have a war firing skyrockets at each other back and forth across the street. Then some guys from the football team came cruising by and we all motioned for them to speed it up and go faster. They rolled through the stop sign and took off going up Pasadena, not knowing what we all knew. There was a police car sitting on the side of the road up past the curve. They were about to be written up when someone else went flying past and the cops decided to go after them instead. I remember in the summers we used to go to 31 flavors on 66 out in Glendora. This was back before traffic signals had magnetic sensor lines buried in the street. The signals were tripped by large black sensor pads that were in the traffic lanes. As you approached an intersection, the weight of your car going over this pad would trigger the signal. We’d get our ice cream and then go out by the car. There was one of these sensor pads on the cross street back from 31 Flavors. We (this would be David Smith, Tom Landes, Jim Camin, my brother Gregg and myself) would all stand outside by our car, on the cross street to Alosta eating our ice cream. We realized that the sensor for the traffic signal on Alosta was right next to us in the street and because we were easily amused, we came up with the brilliant idea that if we all jumped up and down on that sensor we could fool the signal into thinking there were a lot of cars approaching the intersection. So we started jumping up and down in unison on this sensor and we had the traffic backed up for 15 to 20 cars deep on Alosta. I wonder how many pissed off drivers waiting for the light to change looked over at us never realizing that the weirdos jumping up and down in the street were the cause of their delay.
~ Ross, Thu Aug 21 23:37:13 2003
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