[Dixielandjazz] Band For Ball Games

Robert S. Ringwald ringwald at calweb.com
Thu Apr 3 19:41:16 PST 2003

Throughout the 80s, I often played in a band for the Los Angeles Raiders
Football games.

We didn't actually play for the games as Horrace Heydt had a very large
17-piece (or so) band in the stadium.

We played for 3 hours before the game, walking around the LA Coliseum
entertaining the folks having Tailgate parties.

What a time we had.  It was hard to get in a tune as we were constantly
being offered food & drink.  Needless to say, we always accepted.

We would play the last 1/2 hour at the Press Gate.  Five minutes before the
game started, Magic Johnson would always (without fail) pass right by us
with a couple friends.  He never missed a game.

The weekend that he got married back east on a Saturday, we were taking bets
as to whether he would make the game the next day in LA.  Sure enough, 5
minutes before the game, in walks Magic, with friends, without wife.

What brings this up was the instrumentation.  Since the Raiders didn't want
to spend the money, we had only 5 pieces, tpt, cl, tbn, banjo & tuba--no
washboard or drums.  It would have been nice to have the dr or wb but with a
good strong banjo player, (moi) it worked just fine.

mr.wonderful at ringwald.com
Placerville, CA, USA, Earth, Sol's System, Milky Way
Amateur (ham) Radio Station K6YBV
Fulton Street Jazz Band
See: http://www.ringwald.com
Boondockers Jazz & Comedy Band
See: http://www.theboondockers.com

More information about the Dixielandjazz mailing list