So What Did You Do
In The War-Movie, Daddy?
A long time ago, on an island far far away, a University of Hawaii
English major with keyboard skills (at a time when keyboards were made out of wood and
played notes) was gigging fairly regularly around the city and adjacent military clubs.
One source of employment was with a group of Air Force band members, led by
trumpeter Larry Trautman. That particular spring a large production company
arrived on the island, intent on making a film about a certain weekend in December, 1941.
(The eerie sight of B-17's circling over Pearl Harbor is hard to forget). One
scene required a small band to play, but this being the Age of Aquarius, most musicians
were just a tad hirsute. Enter Larry and the Blue Notes, with
employer-enforced haircuts totally appropriate to the era being filmed (our pianist,
sweating out a final semester in ROTC, was ok except for a small moustache, recently
allowed). Thus it was that our hero found himself in uniform at the Schofield
Barracks Officers Club, recreating the last dance before war.
But the band wound up on screen for only a few seconds, the music was dubbed in later,
Dave's back was to the camera, and most were unconvinced by this story ("yeah, right,
Dad"). Fortunately, Trautman, later a member of the elite Airmen of Note but
long since retired to south Florida, stumbled across Dave's WildPlace, and sent this
|The Blue Notes: during the filming of Tora,
Tora, Tora, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, 1969. Left to right: Dave Wild, piano;
Frank Hayes, bass; Larry Trautman, trumpet; Tom Baker, drums; Larry Naylor, tenor sax.
Dave's personal pages....
The Boring Personal History Page. Dave's personal dossier.
Dave Wild Trio/Quartet. Info on the trio and quartet, with pictures, music, and some other stuff.
Where's Wild-o?. Dave's Calendar.
Wild Sides. The recent CD by the Dave Wild Trio/Quartet .
Dave's Surveillance Photo Gallery. The index page for Dave's Photos.
Them's Fightin' Words.Dave puts it down on
paper. Includes a few samples, for handwriting analysis.
Now Playing. The Jazz in Central Texas Page, with
the current schedule...
Dave At Home. The Index page for Dave's corner of the Wildplace.
John Coltrane | Ornette
Dave Wild |
Ken Wild |
Central Texas Jazz |
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