mental bailout plan: umbrella man

Oct 1, 2008 by

Click here for one-point plan, as detailed by Satch & Diz.

And now, suddenly, if momentarily, all is right in the world.

Amen and good night.

– Louis Maistros

PS: Don’t forget: The Louisiana voter registration deadline is Monday, October 6.



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  1. Thanks Louis…that was AWESOME (and from the Jackie Gleason Show no less!). I once had the very grand privilege of hearing Dizzy play live…always been one of my favourite musicians and personalities.

  2. Thank you, Captain Swallow! That’s very cool that you got to see Diz play. I never did, but managed to see Cab Calloway in Baltimore many years back. Having seen these old legends is something that you carry around with you, isn’t it?

  3. Cab Calloway?!? Holy freakin’ wow! Now there’s a performance ye’ll never forget!
    These are often the moments in our lives that help define our world – the part of us that knows for certain that there are better times, better talents and hope for a world where we can all enjoy life!

  4. An unsung legend?

    Lawrence Winchester Jr., St. Aug’s band teacher
    Saturday, October 04, 2008
    By Susan Finch
    Staff writer

    Lawrence Trevor Winchester Jr., a member of St. Augustine High School’s first graduating class and a founding player and later associate director of the school’s now-famous marching band, died Saturday of a heart attack he suffered at Tad Gormley Stadium during the school’s football game against McDonogh 35 High. He was 72.

    Inspired early in life by the popularity of fellow New Orleanian Louis Armstrong, Mr. Winchester developed an interest in the trumpet, and he began mastering the instrument at St. Augustine after the school for African-American boys opened in 1951. Mr. Winchester was still a teenager when he got his first music gig, with Ray Charles, who was performing at the Dew Drop Inn. Charles drafted him to stand in for his trumpet player. Mr. Winchester earned a scholarship to study music education at Xavier University, where he met Lois Courseault, a fellow music student whom he later married.

    After the two graduated from Xavier in 1959, Mr. Winchester joined the St. Augustine faculty teaching English and helping build the school’s music program. During his tenure, the St. Augustine band won numerous music competitions, and it made history in 1968 when it became the first black unit invited to march in the Rex parade.

    Except for a two-year stint in the Army, Mr. Winchester remained at St. Augustine until 1977, when he became a professor of graphic engineering at Delgado Community College, where he had earned a degree in that subject two years before. Retired from Delgado in 2003, Mr. Winchester returned to St. Augustine, where he taught classes in mechanical drawing and art and music appreciation until his death.

    He is survived by two daughters, Yvette Winchester Flowers and Susan Marie Winchester; three sons, Lawrence Richard Winchester III, Eric David Winchester and Todd Gerard Winchester; his sister, Patricia Winchester Clark; and three grandchildren. A Mass was held Friday morning at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 2916 Paris Ave., followed by burial in St. Louis Cemetery No. 3. Charbonnet-Labat-Glapion Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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