Our first stop along the coast of California was in beautiful Oxnard, about an hour up the magnificent Pacific Coast Highway from Santa Monica. Words and pictures can hardly describe the beauty of this part of the country! It is truly in its own special category and must be seen to be believed.
We played for a great crowd in Oxnard that included a former chief arranger and composer with the Navy Band, Mr. Jay Chattaway. Mr. Chattaway served with the band in Washington, D.C., from 1969 thru 1976. After leaving the service, Jay went to New York and became a member of CBS Records, serving as a producer and arranger of over 200 albums, some of which have received Grammy and Gold Record recognition, including the Maynard Ferguson version of Rocky ("Gonna Fly Now"). He later moved to California and has worked extensively in the film and television industry, having scored over 30 feature films and was one of the principal composers of the Star Trek franchise for 16 years. He now lives in Malibu.
After our show, our generous sponsors treated the group to some great food at a local restaurant aptly named Yolandas, which gave our vocalist, Chief Musician Yolanda Pelzer, a great thrill. The food and friendship was wonderful. We have promised to try to keep sending the Navy Band to this most appreciative community of fans!
Next, we have the great thrill to be playing at Disneyland in Anaheim. It really is a small world after all!
Chief Musician Pete Revell plays bass in the Commodores.