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Re(1): Bob "Dizzy" Gillespie, Funeral

I've just been in touch with Graham Bob's brother and he sent me the following. Obviously a very musical family. "I am a percussionist with Uppermill Brass Band and have played with them for over 25 years now. Our son Chris was our soprano player from being 10 years old, but he left playing to concentrate on work and now hes busy with family life and two young sons". Here is a funny story about Bob. "The 1st Battalion Band were travelling back from a job in Cyprus on an old Turkish coach. Some of the bigger instruments were on the roof. Unknown to the driver or the band the bass drum fell off. Fortunately Tony Richards the bandmaster was travelling behind in his car. He stopped and picked it up. Back at camp Dizzy and Tony Richards inspected the drum and Dizzy came to the conclusion other than a split rim it was fine. No problem until a few weeks later on a Battalion Parade Dizzy was marching along enthusiastically hitting the drum. All of a sudden the drum exploded. The rim gave way and the drum collapsed in front of him. It just hung limply with parts of the rim, ropes and straps dangling down from his neck. I'd loved to have been there.

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