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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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she was 5," her formal education never went beyond
the coaching she received from her musician father,
On stage, Miss Rowles creates a mystique that is a
personal signature of direction. While she is striking-
ly, almost mystifyingly feminine, there is an illusive
something in her manner that suggests the stubborn
and aggressive temperament of a staunch trouper.
Possessing neither a barrel chest nor steel lungs, her
ability to produce powerful, clear, tones is equal to
that of any male brass player.
While giving a performance, her talent streams to
the forefront. Hitting each note becomes a sacred
ritual. Like the keys on a brass piano, her perspiring
fingers do a feverish dance up and down the
trumpet scale. Her energy is siphoned into manu-
facturing a collage-of contrasting sound patterns.
She is a perfectionist who is repulsed by the thought
of accepting, in herself, anything less than what she
considers to be quality. After all, she reasons, music
is her life, why should she compromise?
But Miss Rowles is not pretentious, just practical.
Practicing up to seven hours a day, both at school
and at home, she plods her way through the
monotony of daily routine by paying zealous atten-
tion to her finished product, every hour counts.
Except for Meg Craig, a female drummer, she is
the only other female in the 23-member group. "I
love it . . . everyone is serious about music, and yet
we still manage to have a good time," she says
convincingly. "But that's music. lt has a way of
doing that to people . .
By David Thatcher
Illustrated by Steve Fischer
"The hardest thing about this," declares nursing
student jeff Carlton, "is to overcome the precon-
ceived notions that some people seem to have."
Some fields, you see, are stereotyped as women's
territory and are hard for a man to break into. Take
nursing, for example.
"Entering a hospital always has to create a cau-
tious ice-breaking period from the female nurses, as
well as from the other male nurses."
Carlton, president of the Student Nursing Associa-
tion at Valley College, represents a new aspect of
the liberated individual. The former numerical con-
trol machinist reflects all the courage and deter-
mination it takes to follow a chosen vocation
despite the inevitable type-casting and misplaced
Carlton explains that the nursing program at
Valley College is not the two-year course of study
most fields represent, but a much more comprehen-
sive study requiring three years and completion of
about 80 units of credit. "It is somewhat difficult to
get into this program," he explains, "because about
600 students are trying every semester." This, com-
bined with general education requirements, course
conflicts, and the departments independent method
of operation and selection, tends to discourage
Previously a general medical student, Carlton
became interested in the nursing major through a
Stacey Rowles, one of the two female members of
the Valley College Studio Jazz Band, performs on
At the end of a busy day, Carlton finds relaxation beside a
warm hearth in the tasteful decor of his home.
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