Grand Rapids –
There were quite a few who passed through the band throughout the years. In the late ’70’s it was about 20 – 25 pieces. Probably the longest term player in that band was drummer Tim Froncek from Muskegon. I think he played in it during all the years of its existence, and last I knew, resurrected it shortly after Early died, and is still active. He would remember a lot more about the players than I can. Some of the few names from the ’70s I can remember are :
Eva Ordman (tbone), Tom Stansel (saxes), Jeff Halsey (bass), Fred Bunch (alto sax), Ralph Lewis (Tpt), Bob Merritt (t-sax), Bob Nixon (saxes), John Hair (tbone), Mel Dalton (t-sax).