Born March1949, Southern California
Primary instrument trumpet
Kenton sideman no
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I was 21 years old and a student at Cerritos College in Southern California when Stan called the music dept. there and left a message for me to call him, which I did that day (he heard an arrangement of “Chim-Chim Cheree” from Mary Poppins that I did at the Redlands camp the year before that his band read through at their 4:00pm rehearsal each day and remembered me from that) and asked me to come to his office later that day (it was a Monday). When I got there he called me into his office and said Dee Barton had just left the band and he wanted me to be the next writer after him. He spread three charts on the coffee table (“By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” “Hey Jude” and “Do You Know The Way To San Jose?”) and said pick two of them and he said “I’ll do the third.” I had recently done an arrangement of “Phoenix” for a trumpet player who hired me to do it for him and didn’t want to do it again, so I picked the other two. Stan apparently wanted to update the band’s stuff to compete with Woody Herman’s success with “Light My Fire” to reach a younger audience.
I skipped school the next day, Tuesday, wrote the chart on “Hey Jude” and was waiting outside the office with the score Wednesday morning when Dick Shearer opened the office at 10:00am. Two days later I was there with the other chart, “San Jose” which I think only made it through one mid-west tour shortly after as far as I know.
I was still a student at Cerritos College, couldn’t leave due to the draft at the time (Vietnam war), needed the student deferment, and shortly Willie Maiden came on the band and took over most of the writing at that time, which was good for the band since Willie was a superb writer. But I did start my rehearsal band in LA at that time (1970) and it’s been going ever since, with a number of Kenton alumni doing it over the years.
— Steve Spiegl, 2017
* indicates original composition
Do You Know the Way to San Jose? (1968)
Hey Jude (1968)
Where's the Playground, Susie?
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