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~ the early years
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Here is some more information and photos of my musical career. This background stuff will better help you understand the Bag.
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The Early Years


the Kim Strongin Band

1982

 

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During the early 80's I played in the Kim Strongin Band, with Kim, of course, Doug Baldwin and Keith Hurrell. Here I am back at Chelseas standing in the same spot on stage I always did, but the wagon wheel is now missing. Notice the quaint little alarm clock I have on my amp. Also, notice how skinny I am. That belt (with it's buckle hand-made by steamfitter Gary Norton) is still in my closet. It hasn't fit me in 20 years.

Below we see the KSB at the Hobbit Hole, a wierd little place. I once punched out the owner. He still let us play there after that.

 


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The Early Years


October
1983

 

 

 

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I worked as the house sound engineer and all around fix-it guy at Chelsea Pub in Huntington for about 10 years. When he began, Chelsea's was owned by John Forster and Bill Stevens. In 1983 Bill began publishing a newsletter called the "Chelsea Bull Sheet." I am featured in the article reprinted here.

During the 80's I lived in a small house that was right next to a Baptist Church on Spring Rd in Huntington. On Bag day, we would clear all the furniture out of the house and after the Bag the band and audience was invited back to party. These parties usually lasted until I would mop the last person out the back door at about noon.

On the night of September 27, 1985 we had a party in honor of Hurricane Gloria. Here you can see Hurricane Lisa, sitting at our kitchen table, well stocked with liquor, completely involved in a game of Mille Bornes, and obviously ready if the lights go out.

 

 

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The Classically Trained Musician


December
1991

 

 

 

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I can be seen here performing at the Tillis Center on the campus of C.W Post where I finished my undergraduate studies (graduating first in my class with a GPA of 4.0 - you could look it up). In the top photo I am playing clarinet in the Concert Band. The gentleman next to me is the legendary Joel Levy who knows more about the clarinet than anyone else I have ever met. In the bottom photo, I am playing the oboe in the orchestra. (you can tell it is the orchestra because we  are wearing tuxedos. My clubdate tux was definitely the rattiest in the place) I also played bassoon in the orchestra and bari sax in the Jazz Ensemble.

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