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Gay Freedom Band Concert, Sunday March 25th at Barnsdall Park, 4PM

Posted on March 23, 2012 with 0 comments

The Gay Freedom Band performs this Sunday, March 25th at 4PM in the Gallery Theater, 4800 Hollywood Blvd (Barnsdall Park).  I will be joining the trombone section for this concert on the kind invitation of my talented UCLA school chum, and conductor of the band, Willis (Bill) Masonheimer.  I wanted to mention this excellent organization, voicing my support for the great service to the community that the Band exemplifies.  There always has been respect and appreciation for peoples choices in the Jazz community, and I believe, a level of comfort, with the GLBT community.  I am also personally sensitive to the importance of acceptance and respect for all humankind one for another, having lost my dear brother Dean to AIDS on March 17th, 1987.  That was a time of difficulty, where some considered AIDS as a righteous curse visited upon those who sinned.  As an early case, regular doctors couldn't even diagnose my brothers condition, and he had no medicine available to sustain his life.  Thankfully the medical response is so much better now. To me, there has also been a lot of progress in the way we feel and treat each other since those days, as well as, I have to say, some regrettable erosion.  I'm happy to be a part of such a clearly positive event as Sundays concert.