300 pay tribute to Marvin Marker
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#1 Dec 10, 2009
Marvin was a wonderful man and has left an incredible legacy to those that marched with him and all the rest of us that enjoyed the Junior Concern Band for these many years.
So glad his legacy will continue - thank you to all those who are making that happen,.
#2 Dec 10, 2009
The last time I saw Marvin was in 2002 at the Henderson NV parade. I march in the band 1962-1965. Practice at Millikan high school thursday night's. This is a graat program for high school students to teach team work, responsible, and just plane fun. Marvin will be missed.
Las Vegas NV
#3 Dec 25, 2009
Marvin did not start the Long Beach Junior Concert Band, James E. Son did and Marvin broke off from the original band with part of the group to start a second band. I was there.
#4 Jun 20, 2013
I was a band member in the late 1950's and early 1960's. My friend, Bill Steck, may he rest in peace, was there too. He and Marvin played trumpet for Mr. Son. He confirms that Marvin took the uniforms, allegedly to clean them and abandoned Mr. Son and the original band. Mr. Son then obtained the blue and grey uniforms and continued with our band.
#5 Jul 3, 2013
I play the drums in son's band from 1958 to 1960 I got in the band just when they got the new uniforms had a lot of fun also my friend Jim Prentice played the trombone and also my girlfriend was a flag girl Bonnie Davis.
#6 Apr 25, 2014
I was a member of the Long Beach Junior Concert Band back when James E Son was the director. James was a fantastic musician and human being who loved all of us in the band. As he aged, it was harder for him to maintain the unity of the band due to its size and factions within that wanted to replace him with some one younger. James did not want to have to step down but age was a factor.
Marvin Marker was a young man at that time and wanted to reinvigorate and modernize the band. There was conflict around this and the band split into two factions. I stayed with James E Son for quite some time until I eventually left for the Air Force.
Both were good men and desired the best for the Long Beach Junior Concert Band. I do have a photo or two.. I also have a signed certificate of award granting me a life membership in Son's Long Beach Junior Concert Band. My email is [email protected]
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