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Big Band Story - Playing with Top Bands
(From a series called "Big Band Stories")
By Charlie Henry
Copyright 2000 Charlie Henry
An essay about the writer's experiences while playing with top bands.

Charlie has an impressive resume of Big Bands he has worked with, including Ralph Flanagan, Neal Hefti, Ralph Marteri , Sammy Kaye, Woody Herman, Les and Larry Eigart, Buddy Morrow, and Jimmy Dorsey.
He rates his best experience as being with Neil Hefti and Ralph Marteri, playing lead trombones unexpectedly. Ralph pulled out an arrangement of 'Flight of the Bumble Bee, trombone solo. That was a high point! Also, Neal gave him the chance to write his own song.,which was recorded under Neal's name, and for which Charlie received the credit.
His worst experience was being stranded in the snow for two days with Buddy Morrow, trying to get to Toronto.