A tribute to the "Chief" Bands & Music, Col George S. Howard
Follow the enclosed sheets 4 - 11 and you can read about what you missed.
Mon. 7 Sep
At the first "mixer", the messages from the Governor of Texas and the Mayor of San Antonio, were read by Herman Vincent. (see pages 7 & 8) Visits with old and new friends were enjoyed by all.
Tue. 8 Sep
The concert by "The Air Force Band of the West" conducted by Col Benny Knudsen, was outstanding; guest conductor Col Howard. All received a standing ovation.
After the evening meal; unit group pictures were taken. Herman Vincent is the monitor and contact for the results.
Wed. 9 Sep
The Golf Tournament was another successful event and enjoyed by all who participated. Awarding prizes were given at the evening dinner.
Prior to the evening meal, a tribute to all Air Force Musicians, past, present, retired and active duty were included in a prayer offered by Herman Vincent. At the end of the meal, a plaque was presented to Col George S. Howard, from the Retired Air Force Musicians. (see wording on plaque, page 9).
In Brief, approximately 175 attended and a great time was had by All. As a result of a questionnaire handed out by the committee, the next reunion will be in 1990 at Colo Spgs, CO. John Lemelin will be the Chairman of the Committee at that reunion.
LaBrutta, Bill & Eve Vincent, Herman & Marilyn
Roland, Jimmy Lantz, Jim & Hertha
Kriebel, Lou & Micki Thurston, Richard & Iris
Each member of the committee was well informed by our hosts the LaBruttas & Lantzs, so if anyone had any questions we were able to render a correct response.
George Dietz: Doing fine and enjoying retirement life in the DC area.
Leona & Hank Uhland: Off on another trip to Merrie Olde
Wilda & Woody Wood: Unable to attend the reunion due to health problems, however, sent their very best to all.
Ruth & Boyd Eagle: Ruth had some health problems, but is improving under doctors care. Boyd is playing Sax, Clarinet and Flute with the "Stardusters", and eighteen-piece Miller type band. They both send their kindest regards to everyone.
Nathile & Ed Sandford: Unable to attend the reunion as they were in
Joe & Red Johnson: Red is teaching freshman and sophomore music theory at Sinclair Collage, Dayton OH; minister music at a Presbyterian church; instruct grades 1-8 in a Catholic school; play six gigs or so a month; serve as president of a five-county Boy Scout council. Send their warmest regards to all.
Peg & Pat Veltre: Tried to get away to attend the reunion but he is still teaching school - it conflicted with the opening of the school year. Perhaps next time.
Louis C. Kriebel
We are all glad you are here.
A copy of the agenda is enclosed.
We will be happy to answer any questions and assist you in any way to make your stay an enjoyable one. The committee members have a blue ribbon on their name tags.
If you have any input to the programs on Tuesday or Wednesday evening please see Jim Roland or Bill LaBrutta.
We have purposely left a lot of time for you to see and visit old friends.
If you do not have your tickets to the two banquets, or the golf tournament, please purchase ALL tickets before 5 PM Monday.
We sincerely hope that this will be a time for remembering the good times, renewing friendships and making new friends. We are all musicians who contributed a great part of our life toward the same endeavor. Although it may seem like another lifetime ago, we feel that it should not be forgotten, hence this reunion. ENJOY!
A comment sheet with a few questions is attached. Please take a moment while you are here and complete it so that we may plan for the future. Please give it to one of the committee members before leaving. Thank you. (This will save stamps)
MONDAY (LABOR DAY) SEPT 7, 1987
Registration in the lobby,
5:30-7:30PM MIXER "no host"
TUESDAY, SEPT 8
1:30PM Hotel Tropicano-Coronado Room---A special presentation by The Air Force Band of the West, Lackland AFB for the Retired Air Force Musicians---Host: Col. Knudsen
6PM MIXER "no host"
7PM "MEXICAN FIESTA"DINNER, Tropicano Hotel
WEDNESDAY SEPT 9
7AM Depart Hotel for Lackland AFB, Golf Course
8AM GOLF TOURNAMENT - First group tee off - Individual Callaway System for scoring.
6PM MIXER "no host"
7PM BANQUET, Tropicano Hotel
THURSDAY, SEPT 10
Departures---Have a safe trip home!!!
RAFM GOLF TOURNAMENT
BILL GOODE **
JEROME CRANE **
CAROL ANN PRICE
HELEN KING **
JOHN DELLAPOSTA **
TOM SEVERINO **
** Indicates people who need ride to golf course, those who have please offer. WE CAN GO IN CARAVAN AT 0700.
FEEL FREE TO SWITCH GROUPS, JUST LET ME KNOW BEFORE YOU TEE IT UP.
USGA (RAFM) RULES
NO LIMLT ON NUMBER OF CLUBS BUT A PLAYER MAY USE ONLY ONE CLUB AT A TIME.
IMPROVE LIE IN YOUR OWN FAIRWAY - NO NEARER THE HOLE (UNLESS NO ONE IS LOOKING)
HOLE IN ONE GETS TO PICK UP THE WEDNESDAY NIGHT MIXER BAR TAB---(for the tournament chairman)
WINNER WILL BE SELECTED THROUGH THE CALLAWAY SCORING SYSTEM OR A FOOT RACE FROM THE 150yd MARKER UP TO THE 9th GREEN
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
August 18, 1987
It is a
pleasure to welcome the Retired Air Force Musicians reunion to
I know that there will be a great deal of visiting and reminiscing as you gather after all these years. I am sure that there will be a great deal of good music to be enjoyed also.
know that you will have an exciting and rewarding
program for the reunion, I do hope that you will have time to enjoy
To our out-of-state visitors, we are pleased to have you with us. Please come back soon, and often.
Mrs. Clements joins me in extending our best wishes for a most successful reunion.
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
COLONEL GEROGE S. HOWARD, USAF (RET)
HIS INSPIRATION, DEVOTION AND EXCEPTIONAL LEADERSHIP OF THE USAF MUSIC CAREER FIELD
1944 - 1963
IN APPRECIATION AND GRATITUDE
THE RETIREES OF THE USAF BAND CAREER ORGAINIZATIONS
Adams, Jim (Marjorie)
Brandt, Clayton A (Margaret Breadon, Herb (Eve)
Bridges, Edward S (Joyce)
Bobbitt, Thomas (Emma)
Byer, Ed (Jacque)
Caruso, Peter (Janet)
Costenbader, Carl W (Ruth)
Crane, Jerome A
Davis, VarnellJ. Jr.(Ann) Dellaposta, John
Drobny, Joseph (Ruth)
Ebert, Jim (Jeannie)
Evelyn, Walter J. (Doreen)
Franklin, Bernie (Valree)
Freni, Joseph (Mary)
Gardner, Charles V (Sandra) Gearhardt, Louis (Dorothy) Ghebelian, Oscar (Caroline) Goebel, Ernie (Shirley)
Goodwin, John (Bert)
Hall, Eugene (Ellen)
Harvey, George (Emily)
Hoopes, James Irene)
Howard, George S. (Sadako)
Johnson, Virgil (Carolyn)
Kertesz, Robert (Nogiko)
King, Helen B
Kirkpatrick, J.B. (Ruth) Kirschenmann, Leroy (Sue)
Kraft, Don (Bette)
Kriebel, Louis C (Micki)
Kurtz, Mrs. Elva (Sam)
LaBrutta, Bill (Eve)
Ladwig, David (Patricia)
Lanata, Albert (Frankie)
Landers, Robert (Mary)
Lantz, James (Hertha)
Lemelin, John (Claire)
Lockwood, Frank (Vie)
McGregor, Oscar (Marjorie) McMillen, James E (Louise)
Miller, Donald T (Ilah)
Mitchell, Ray (Joyce)
Moore, James M
Murray, Charles (Joanne)
Powell, Gerald (Betty)
Price, Tom (Carol-Ann)
Purcell, Frank E (Mary)
Ritter, John P.Jr
Rogers, Randy (Maureen)
Rountree, Ed (Ann)
Rueb, Robert (Faye)
Samarripa, Augustine (Carol) Severino, Thomas (Mary) Schirmer, Edward (Mary) Showers, Henry (Lois)
Spinks, Fred (Erika) Starzynski, Richard - Ed
Tardy, Jack E (Mary)
Thurston, Richard E (Iris)
Tucker, Les (Kay)
Upchurch, Donald (Joan)
Van Sice, Richard (Dott.e)\ Vincent, Herman (Marilyn)
Wayne, Anthony (Gloria)
Williams, James (Margene) Williams, Russell (Bobbie) Wilson, George
Wrobleski, Stan (Mary)
We deeply regret having to announce the death of Chief Warrant Officer Victor H. Olmsted. "Pat," as he was known to all of us, passed away on October 9, 1987, after a lengthy illness.
During his long military career, Pat served as a member
of the U. S. Army and Marine bands, in addition to the U. S. Air Force Band. He was high
in his class at the
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