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Take your time reading....there's a music file loading that'll make it all the worthwhile!!!

The place:  Rockdale Auditorium in Conyers, Georgia

The chart:  The Benny Goodman arrangement of  "Sing Sing Sing!"

Featuring the talents of the entire Sentimental Journey Orchestra with solos by Reed Lukat - Clarinet;

Steve Musker - Trumpet and Dr. Billy Moore - drums.

 
Headline:Peek To Peak

 
One evening in 1946, when he was supposed to be in bed, a very young Billy Moore climbed stealthily out of the second story window of his room and on to a nearby tree. Shinnying down the trunk, he climbed onto his waiting bicycle and rode into the frosty night.

His destination was a club called the "Two-Spot!"

Appearing on stage that night was the Buddy Johnson Orchestra, a 16 member group which included Arthur Prysock and "Mr. Foots" on drums. Billy, with no money in his jeans, climbed up on an empty oil drum and peeked over a transom to witness the fun. Much later in the night, when the fun was over, a very chilly but thoroughly satisfied Billy Moore once again climbed on his bike and headed home.

He climbed the tree and quietly slipped through his window. Even more quietly he tip-toed to his bed, removed his clothing and slipped between the covers only to discover his mother there waiting for him!! Mrs. Moore called in Billy's irate father so the fearful tongue lashing could begin.

After being asked where he'd been, Billy finally admitted he'd been to see Buddy Johnson's Orchestra at the "Two Spot." Billy received the expected lecture, and afterwards, an unexpected surprise. His parents had decided that it was time for his music education to begin, this time in a planned...and safe...manner.

His mom (known professionally as Dr. Moore, was a classically trained concert pianist), would take him to see concerts and productions of serious classical music, and his dad would take him to hear bands, combos and jazz performers. Billy's dad, in addition to having his degree in chemistry, was also a jazz pianist and an alumnus of the legendary Jimmy Lunceford Orchestra.

During one outing, Billy's mom took him to Carnegie Hall to see the great Marian Anderson. He sat in that huge hall in total awe, his head never still as it swiveled this way and that, taking in the sights. Sometime later he whispered to his mother, "Momma, one day I'm going to play in this place!"

"That's good," she answered, "you just go on and have your dreams." The odds of a black man appearing on stage at Carnegie Hall were not very great in the late 40s, but she did nothing to discourage her young dreamer.

Fast forward to May 7, 1966. The Ray Charles Orchestra is about to take the stage at Carnegie Hall. The lights dim, the curtains open and the spotlight falls on Billy Moore. Alone on stage, Billy is doing a bit of "business" that will shortly bring on the entire Ray Charles Orchestra. As the orchestra members slip on to the stage and take their seats, the announcer says, "Ladies and Gentlemen...Mr. Billy Moore!"

 
Billy Moore with Ray Charles


From down front in the "Golden Horseshoe," a very proud mother stood up, raised her hands to heaven and loudly proclaimed before all the world..."Thank you Jesus!"

There's a postscript to this story.

The drummer is always the last to board the band bus after a gig because he has the most equipment to pack. For a long time after the Carnegie Hall gig Billy was enthusiastically greeted onto the bus by a chorus of "Thank you Jesus!" by his fellow band members.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Musker is from Wintersville, Ohio and has been playing trumpet for over 35 years. He completed a 20 year career with the U.S. Army Bands in 1998. His assignments included the 19th Army Band at Fort Dix, New Jersey; the 25th Infantry Division Band at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; the 8th Army in Seoul, South Korea; and the U.S. Army Ground Forces Band at Fort McPherson right here in Atlanta.

While in Seoul in 1992, he performed the Haydn Trumpet Concerto with the Seoul Broadcast System Orchestra. During his two tours in Atlanta he played over 30 concert tours in over 38 states. Steve led the trumpet section as section leader, cornet soloist, and brass quintet leader. He performed regularly on 4th trumpet and 2nd trumpet with the Jazz Guardians. One of his career highlights was to lead the Ground Forces Band Herald Trumpets for the 1996 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremonies. He has performed for Presidents Ford, Reagan, George H. Bush and Clinton, as well as many other heads of state.

Recently he has performed with the La Grange Symphony, Georgia Brass Band, and with the Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra as the Principal trumpet from 1996 - 2001. Additionally he has performed for the last 11 years with Jake Herzog and the Bavarian Express German Band. He is a regular sub with various big bands.

For 13 years during and after his military career, Steve ran a private trumpet studio. He also did band instrument repair work in Jonesboro for 4 years.

Steve has recently completed a Bachelor of Music degree at Georgia State University (2004 magna cum laude). Steve is currently completing his second year as an elementary school music teacher in Fulton County teaching general music, beginning band, and show choir.

Besides playing trumpet and teaching over 500 children a week, his hobbies include running, composing music, and reading when he gets a chance. Additionally he is an avid Atlanta Braves fan. Steve has been married for over 25 years to the former Gayle Reasoner and they have two sons, Michael and Christopher.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reed Lukat grew up in South Atlanta where he graduated from Morrow High School. He attended Loyola University in New Orleans and graduated with a degree in Jazz Performance.

He worked as a professional musician in the Atlanta area during High school and also during his four years in New Orleans. He's performed with some of the jazz world's best known players, including Jason Marsallis, Brian Blade, Marvin Stamm, Bob Shepard, Steve Turre, and Charmaine Neville, among others. He's played at the top jazz clubs in New Orleans as well as several performances at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Festival International.

Reed currently teaches Band and Chorus as a day gig. He's married (Emily) and is an avid music collector with well over 1500 recordings. He's also a dedicated restorer of music from all media. His non-musical interests include building fine finish furniture and other woodworking endeavors, as well as golfing, pool, and cycling. He holds court as tenor sax, clarinet and flute with the Sentimental Journey Orchestra.