Frank Moura Retiring

I’ve been meaning to write this blog post for a couple of weeks now, but haven’t known quite what to say.

I still don’t know quite what to say, but I’ve got to write it! I’m so proud that I played in the Menlo-Atherton High School jazz ensemble. When I was in the eighth grade, the M-A jazz band traveled for the first time to Europe, by invitation, to play at a number of prestigious jazz festivals. I was so excited about the prospect of joining that band that I arranged to attend M-A instead of Woodside H.S. (some school district politics or policies helped, as well).

I played in that band, and after my sophomore year of high school, I too got to play at the NorthSea Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, and at other European venues.

The leader of the band at M-A from shortly before that time to the present day is Frank Moura. This year is Frank’s last year directing the band. I won’t recap his career (because it’s done better in The Country Almanac’s article on Frank Moura), but I will say that I really honor what he accomplished, and feel that I owe a lot of what I am to having played under his tutelage.

If while playing backgammon you hear someone yell “get ’em, fellas!” or hear an airport page for “Ned Freebish,” you might assume that an alumni of the Frank Moura experience is nearby.

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