Col. George S. Howard
Those who have not already sent their ($5.00 check, payable to: RAFBL, Soc.) money to our treasurer, it is due by 1 January 1990. This money is used for stationary, stamps and reproduction of our bulletin,, mailed to all our active paid-up members. Your cooperation and assistance is appreciated. We can only afford to keep you on the active list, when you support us financially.
In 1990 we celebrate our tenth year since the founding of our society. It has been a very gratifying ten years, thanks to all who have participated through notes, phone calls and letters. Keep up the good work, we are interested in you - getting up each day to see the sunrise and visiting doctors for check-ups, is worth a mint.
Betty & Ross Whitehead: We are close to El Paso (Vado, NM) for a week. Have had a ball and have seen so much. Our Cam/Corder is great (only taken 12 rolls of film-6 hours each). Plenty of movies. Really enjoyed Alaska, British Columbia, and the Yukon. While in SD, got in the middle of 85,000 motor cycles who were in Sturgus for a Harley-Davidson Rally. WOW!!! Have stayed at many bases and all very nice, especially F.E. Warren AFB. Sightseeing in AZ, CO (places where we didn't go when we lived there) ND, SD (Mt Rushmore) and MT. Great country. R.Vin's is the only way to go. We will have plenty to tell you when we get home. Our mail was sent to us and we read thru all the bulletins. We should be home around 1 Jan 90. Just having too good a time to really want to come home.
Bernice & Eugene Rosheger: Gene is conducting a symphony orchestra and community band in Oklahoma City. The following appeared in the local newspaper:
FATHER LIKE SON: (Mr Rosheger - Father of Gene)
Mr. Rosheger received his early training under J. Ricci and B. Milano; then with Mr. Holton at Bush Conservatory of Chicago, Ill. He also studied under B. Kryle and under Frederick Neil Innes himself. Mr. Rosheger has completed the advanced course with Innes, of Conn National School of Music, Chicago, Ill. Mr. F.N. Innes has been one of the outstanding band masters, soloists and instructors of the world for the past fifty years or more. Many of the profession considered him as the greatest teacher of band instruments and director of concert band programs of his days.
Claire & John Lemelin: Hope this note, finds everyone in good health and spirits The first of May I decided that I needed to find out what Lou, Woodie and Vince were doing not working. So I gave it all up and now take care of my rentals, and volunteer things like Knights of Columbus, Cursio, St Patrick's Church, Sertoma, work Bingo, and Chairman of the Air Academy Federal Credit Union. Mix that in with a couple rounds of golf and a day of fishing a week and I have not been bored or felt lonely. You guys have been doing this for a long time and never told me why. Now I know.
Micki & Lou Kriebel: Not long returned from a motor trip to visit friends and relations. Spent a week with our son, now stationed at Langley AFB, VA; on to DE for a few days, then up to Cape Cod for a week. From there up and across NY state to Canada, where we visited friends on the north coast of Lake Erie, and returned home to Florida. A great time was had by all.
Louis C. Kriebel
Exec. Sec 'y/Editor
Mark Azzolina, Music Director
Mark Azzolina is one of the most versatile and active men in the music business. Being a conductor is but one facet of his busy career. He is a composer, lyricist, music director for radio and television, and a producer for the musical stage. His association with radio and television goes back to 1948, when he was selected to head the music production department of the Armed Forces Radio and Television Services in the U.S. and Japan. He was picked to organize, command and direct the internationally acclaimed NORAD Band, and as Director of the NORAD "Cavalcade of Music" he performed regularly at New York's Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and in many TV specials, and on 208 consecutive weekly radio broadcasts over the Mutual Broadcasting System.
Upon his retirement from the U.S. Air Force, Azzolina conducted road show concerts for the Bob Hope Show, Hollywood Palace on Tour, the Eddy Arnold Show and many others headed by this country's top popular artists. Both in and out of the military, Azzolina's musical endeveavors have taken him around the world, performing in 36 countries and every state and province in the U.S. and Canada.
Since 1965, Mark Azzolina has spent his summers as Music Entertainment Director of the Wisconsin State Fair in Milwaukee, the country's fifth-largest annual exposition, conduciting for such artists as Vikki Carr, Victor Borge, Pat Boone, Johnny Mathis, Carol Channing, and Bob Hope. Azzolina also founded and continues to direct the musical group, "KIDS FROM WISCONSIN," a dynamic sho group of teenage performers who serve as Wisconsin's official good will ambassadors, performing during the summer thoughout the U.S. and Canada.
In 1970, Col. Azzolina succeeded his late father, Philip J. Azzolina, as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Boca Raton Pops. The elder Azzolina organized the ensemble in 1951 under the sponsorship of the City's Parks and Recreation Department. Mark Azzolina continued and expanded the institution, directing the Pops' growth from a small community band to a popular, fully-professional 95-piece ensemble that it is today, and helping meet the ever growing cultural needs of a burgeoning Boca Raton and south Florida.
Under Azzolina's direction, the 95-piece Boca Raton Symphonic Pops and Choral have attracted to its roster of principal players and vocalists some of the leading musicians from south Florida's three most populous counties. His vitality and dedication are moving forces in the Baca Raton orchestra's ambitious plans to reach an ever-larger audience throughout south Florida with high quality classical, operatic, and popular musical entertainment.
ANTHONY "FREDDIE" FREDRICK
February 10, 1906 - October 25, 1989
(Birdsboro, PA) (Tampa, FL)
Myrtle Hill Cemetery - Tampa , Florida
I recently received the news of the death of a close friend and colleague, Anthony Fredrick, "Freddie"; who died after a long severe battle with cancer.
I first met Freddie in 1952, when I was appointed a warrant officer bandleader at Bolling AFB, DC. We became good friends, and when I activated the U.S. Air Force Band of France at Château roux, our friendship grew. Freddie was already in place as Commander/Conductor of the U.S. Air Force Band in London, England. It was through his outstanding efficient reputation, I was able to procure a music library. Two years later, when he had to return to the ZI, he recommended me as his replacement with the band in London. The organization he left me was one of the most outstanding units I ever had the privilege to command.
Freddie was a very personable individual - always had a smile and enjoyed life. His primary instruments were clarinet and saxophone. He was a distinguished professional artist, both as a performer and bandleader, always setting an example for others to emulate. He knew how to get his men to work for him, not because of him. Freddie retired from the United States Air Force in 1957, after over 30 years of military service and settled in Tampa, Florida.
After his military retirement, Freddie received his Real Estate license and worked as a salesman. He then went to work for the county supervisor of elections, where he worked for the next ten years. In addition, he was Co-Director for an adult chorus and band and taught public speaking and music at a local High School.
Services were held October 27, 1989, at St Patrick’s Church in Tampa, Fl. At the graveside, full military honors were rendered by active duty military personnel from MacDill AFB. Freddie was buried in an Air Force Blue and Silver casket, chosen personally by him several years ago. Society representatives attending were Micki and Lou Kriebel.
Freddie is survived by his wife, Pat Fredrick. Other surviving relatives include, his sister-in-law, Eva Fredrick and several nieces and nephews - all residing in Reading Pennsylvania.