[78-L] Skeets Herfurt and...?

Jeff Sultanof jeffsultanof at gmail.com
Wed Apr 21 18:22:55 PDT 2010

I had no idea that Welk's band had these musicians. Dumont was a first-call
reed player in the film studios.

There was someone who was playing lead alto right before Herfurt who was one
of those busy studio musicians who'd also played in many big bands. I cannot
for the life of me remember who it was.

Jeff Sultanof

> Hey Jeff,
> Welk had fantastic players in his reed section right from the start.  You
> may be thinking of Mahlon Clark,  who usually soloed on clarinet. Bill
> Paige
> was one of the reed section anchors for years and he played every one of
> the
> reeds with great skill.   Jack Dumont was really good on soprano and alto.
> He played for some time with the Hollywood Saxophone Quartet who made a
> number of LPs in the 60s.  Russ Klein was amazing on tenor,  alto and
> clarinet...his sub-tone clarinet work is superb.
> I could yammer on and on about the Welk reed section,  and then continue
> with just as much enthusiasm about the brass.
> Taylor
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