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Page 54 text:
Coordinated and Illustrated
by Ken Hively
Page 56 text:
By Carolyn Ristuccia
Illustrated by Robert Lachman
Valley's studio jazz Band Ensemble, led by Dick
Carlson and Don Nelligan, far surpasses the ordi-
nary. Hearing them makes me think of my mother
and father "Lindy-hopping" their way around the
Roseland dance floor. I know who Wayne King, Kay
Starr, Lou Marcella, and Shep Fields are. My father,
a relic of those days, made sure I knew, whether I
liked it or not. He simply couldn't tolerate a "cul-
tural ignoramus" for a daughter.
"This is good music," he would bellow, putting on
a scratchy 78 that he had bought some 20 years
before. Entranced, my father would stand before the
record player, cocking his ear and tapping his foot.
He was really the RCA Victrola dog in disguise.
But, as I get older, his collection, like my love of
jazz, continues to blossom. Everyone from Benny
Goodman to Oscar Levant has taken up permanent
residence inside our beat-up record cabinet, and I
am fully indoctrinated. ,
Evidently, other people share my fascination.
They appreciate the old sounds enough so that
during a Valley jazz Band performance, Monarch
Hall swells to nostalgic capacity.
Under Carlson's direction, the best memories of
the big band era are rekindled. A wave of sentimen-
tal slobbism settles over an excited audience that
waits for their share of the shrouded past to come
floating down to them. Guy Lombardo couldn't do
any better. Their timing, like their talent, is perfect-
From the back row of the wind section rises a
female trumpet player who delivers a solo of "Wa-
bash Bluesf' Tall, graceful, and commanding, she is
a majestic reminder of the changing times. As she
draws the piece to a hypnotic close, the audience
obliges her with an appreciative round of applause.
With trumpet in hand, she is the feminine answer to
the Louie Armstrongs of this world.
Her name is Stacy Rowles, a pretty brass musi-
cian, whose foremost ambition in life is to attain
musical excellence as an upcoming jazz performer.
At 18, although her public career is barely five
years off the ground, Miss Rowles has already
received a string of honors usually reserved for the
seasoned veteran. While she was still in high school,
her painstaking efforts jelled into an offer to per-
form a solo before 5,000 people in the 1973 Mon-
terey jazz Pop Festival.
"I told myself that if I thought about that sea of
faces out there, I'd blow it," Miss Rowles recalled
with the smile of a cultivated perfectionist. "I knew
what was expected of me," she explained, "but I
told myself that I had to like what I was doing
before I could please anyone else."
Thanks to a standing ovation, Stacy began to
enjoy the directed confidence that propelled her
into winning the T973 Flugel Horn competition at
Orange Coast College, entrance to the prestigious
Stan Kenton jazz Clinic and the T973 title of "Most
Outstanding jazz Musician" from Burbank High
Although Stacy was active in the music education
programs offered at school, her training began with-
out the regimented complications that turn many
children off to learning an instrument. Chuckling,
she recalls that "except for a few piano lessons when
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