Col. George S. Howard
Chief Emeritus Herman Vincent
4126 Hyde Park Ave.
Lake Charles, LA 70605 (318) 478-6091


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Louis C. KriebelZ
1521 East Blvd.
Maitland, FL 32751
(407) 834-9446
Exec. Sec'y/ Editor


Retiree Bulletin - 5 - 88


Vi & Frank Lockwood:  They attended a band reunion of the people who had been stationed in the 501st Air Force Band at Hickam AFB, Hawaii.  Frank said -- "Our head-quarters was at the Hale Koa Hotel on Ft DeRussy at Waikiki Beach.  For those of our society members who have not spent some time at this R & R hotel, it's reasonable, comfortable and the food is 1st class.  The reunion was from May 1 - May 4.  Vi and I stayed 'til the 9th, since after going that far from Virginia it was a shame not to stay a little longer.  Honolulu has changed quite a lot.  Many more high rises, and an interstate highway now exist that weren't there when we were twenty years ago.  Many things were the same though, and that includes the weather, which was beautiful, except for a couple of rainy days."  Eleanor & H Englert came over from their home on the isle of Maui.  Frank & H were the only former bandleaders in attendance; Vic Molzer, Dick Thurston etc., were missed.  A great time was had by all, and some more names and addresses were furnished of bandsmen who are interested in the up-and-coming reunion at Colo Spgs, CO in '90.


Betty & Mark Azzolina:  "Nick & I continue here in South Florida with an exciting orchestra which grows at a dramatic rate each year.  We do two regular winter series from Oct thru May and a summer series from July 3 to Sep 3rd."  They are all in good health and enjoying life.  Any of our Society that is in the area are invited to contact them and attend one of their concerts.


Lady & Harold Copenhaver:  Cope has discovered there is more work at home after retirement, than there was while working.  Busy putting in labor time, clearing their lot next to the house.  They are also taking the entire family to Disney World for 5 days, just think, thirteen (13) total.  They were up in NE Missouri for a week taking care of grandchildren (babysitting) like all grandparents; were happy to get home, however, enjoyed themselves too. 


Rachel & John Baldelli:  John reports his cancer seems to be in remission from tests that he has taken.  He never had any pain, so he hopes this will continue.  He continues doing things, including traveling, and hopes to do this many more years.


Marilyn & Herman Vincent:  Going on the road judging. beauty contests - MO, AL, NC, and MS.  Then in Aug will drive up thru CO and maybe to WY or NO.  Will not have a schedule, but will let us know where they have been when they return.  After scheduling bands for years, do not want a schedule to work by.


Barbara & Mel Huyett:  Both of these people are still working like mad.  They are on the International Advisory Board of the Forever Living Products Company.  They are involved in research, etc., plus running their own corporation, attending many board meetings, etc.  Mel is a private investigator too.  Barbara does weekly Seminars on "Building the Immune System to Maintain Wellness."  They are both well and happy, enjoying their retired work.


Harry Gleeson:  Joined our society and is keeping his hand in the music business in the DC area.


Hope & George Attridge:  Busy playing golf and still keeping up with his trombone.  Played golf in the San Antonio area and enjoyed visits with Col's Howard & Knudsen.  Also visited the Lackland AFB Band.


Joyce & Ed Bridges:  Both doing fine and still talking of how they enjoyed the reunion at San Antonio, TX.


Arvilla & Harold Waite:  Both are in good health and enjoying life.  Had a delightful trip to the West Coast recently.  They belong to a local Seniors Club, which keeps them busy.  When they have a moment to spare, they enjoy some good bridge sessions.  They visit and utilize the new commissary facilities at Homestead AFB, FL.


Myrtle & Victor Keehner:  Situation normal and enjoyable.  Myrtle and he keep busy, he is still active in 'ham' radio and the American Radio Relay League and she stays involved with the Community Concert Series.


Renee & Arnald D. Gabriel:  Busy as ever, at George Mason University, he is Chairman of three (3) departments, conducting two (2) symphonies plus guest conducting - has to make an appointment to have dinner with Renee. 


Francis & Bob Bunton:  Bob is head of his own firm, named "Creative Planning Services", specializing in personal, corporate, estate and insurance planning.  Keeps him quite busy.  Fran enjoys the sun and particularly the beach in Florida.


Micki & Lou Kriebel:  Just returned after two (2) months visiting Alaska.  A great place to visit and fish; went Halibut fishing and came back with 150 lbs of Halibut.  Took all the tours they could and also enjoyed the visit with their son who is stationed at Elmendorf AFB, AK.


Lynette & Loren J. Johnson:  The Papillion NE, Chamber of Commerce named Loren Johnson as the chamber's Executive Director.  Johnson, who retired from the USAF in July 87, was Commander/Conductor of the SAC Band for 14 yrs of his military tenure.  He has been a Papillion resident since 1973.  The former LTC earned his master's degree from South Dakota State University in 1959 and continued his graduate studies at SDSU where he was assistant band director and instructor in brass.  In 1959, Johnson joined the USAF and since that time, bands under his command have appeared in every country in North and South America, playing command performances before the presidents of 16 nations.  Johnson said his travels as a goodwill ambassador for the Air Force provided a good background for the job as executive director of the chamber.  He added that his experience in meeting people and other public relations functions would fit well with the job.  We, of our society, congratulate Loren on his new position and wish him continued success.




In our last bulletin we told you of the success of Dick Thurston as Secretary - Treasurer of the American Bandmasters Association.  This position involves correspondence with approximately 400 members - plus Dicks position at Southern Music Company, San Antonio, TX.  With all these responsibilities, Dick feels he is unable to carry on his duties in our society and has requested, if possible, someone to take his position on our staff.  We understand and honor his request and wish him continued success; we will miss you on the staff and are pleased that you will continue to retain your membership.


Succeeding Dick as Treasurer will be Herman Vincent.  We welcome Vince as a staff member and know he will continue the honorable position of our treasurer.