Blogs by Rep Bob Lynn

Blog site of Representative Bob Lynn, Alaska House of Representatives,District 31 Anchorage, Alaska. Blogs consist of public comments during legislative sessions, speeches, political commentary, as well as personal observations, and some journal type entries. Comments are invited.

Location: Anchorage, Alaska, United States

Member of the Alaska State House of Represeentatives since 2003. US Air Force, Retired; military bandsman; F94C interceptor pilot; Vietnam service as radar controller (Monkey Mountain), radar site commander(Pleiku); Government Contract Management; Public school Teacher, Retired. Married 55 years to Marlene Wagner Lynn, 6 children, 20 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild. Member St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Church. Former Tucson Arizona policeman, Ambulance Driver and Mortician's Assistant, Realtor (currently on referral status).

Thursday, December 08, 2005


Goldenview has a great music program, and I know what I’m talking about.

I was initiated to school music playing saxophone in the 6th grade. I played in the Garfield High School football band, ROTC Band, orchestra, advanced ensemble, and swing band. Later, in 1951, I played in the 541st Air Force Band at Williams AFB, Arizona – until I entered Air Force flying school as an Aviation Cadet. About 1988, I returned to music playing sax in the 25 piece “oompah” group “The American-Bavarian Brass Band” (I was also the official chicken dance demonstrator and twirled baton during the Grand Marsche – but that’s another story). Today, when legislative duty permits, I play bari sax in the Anchorage Community Concert Band.

Translated, all this means I love music (some genre excepted –but that’s not music). Coming up through the school music program has been the source of a continuing source of education and enjoyment, and I recommend it.

Tonight I attended the “Musical Collage” concert at Goldenview Middle School. The band, orchestra, and choir all performed with excellence before a packed house of proud parents and friends – I arrived twenty minutes early, and couldn’t find a seat!

The concert music selections, during the middle of the Christmas Season, were: Winner’s Circle March, Bashana Haba’ah, Kassation, Images of Ireland, Bafufalow, This Little Babe, Hanukkah Holiday, Le Froid De L’Hiver, Carol of the Bells, The Nutcracker, Lean on Me, African Bell Carol, StarGazer, Once Upon a December, Dance of the Tumblers. So much for tradition!

Congratulations to all the great school musicians and singers, and the parents and friends who support them. And Merry Christmas!


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