tommy and mr. plepler at stairway of the stars

I recently updated an earlier post that described Tommy’s performance at Stairway of the Stars at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in 1981. On that post, I have added some images, and I decided to offer those images on this new post as well. First, below, is a close-up of Tommy taken from the cover […]

lonesome moonlight waltz

Another of my favorite tunes that Tom played on his fiddle was “Lonesome Moonlight Waltz”, written by Bill Monroe.  This was one of the tunes that Tom taped for his wedding in 1993, and which was played in the church as the guests arrived. Here’s a link to Tom’s version of this tune: When […]

artifacts, documents, and the glow of the past

I’ve been going through some of my old letters, documents, and keepsakes of Tom,  and found some artifacts/documents that relate to previous posts. These include a program from the Stairway of the Stars performance in 1981, in which Tommy performed a fiddle solo; also a hand-drawn map that Tom sent me showing the route of […]

more on stairway of the stars — tom’s solo in 1981

In a previous post I described Tom’s performances  in “Stairway of the Stars”, a gala event at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium that was presented each spring. The program was performed by the honor orchestras from the various schools in the Santa Monica school district. Each year the school district produced and published a sound […]

mr. mettler and mr. plepler

Tom was blessed with exceptional music teachers and mentors over the years. Two that stand out in my memory are Darrell Mettler and Sherm Plepler, who team taught in the Santa Monica school district. When Tom was a student at Grant School, I went to an early-morning orchestra rehearsal there and I had the privilege of […]