Los Angeles Valley College - Crown Yearbook (Valley Glen, CA)

 - Class of 1974

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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- ly atuned. 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 School. 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, jimmy Rowles. 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 . . S .IIIII l:ill'llllIl 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 humor. 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 many students. 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 the trumpet. I f N '- 3 ll i J l i l l i l l i At the end of a busy day, Carlton finds relaxation beside a warm hearth in the tasteful decor of his home. 53

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