I was in Japan in 1956 holding down the 2nd chair in the 748th AF band( a show, jazz band) in Nagoya Japan. I was all of 20 years old, or 19 depending on the month. I have reconnected with some of the surviving members of that band, and that has been a gas. It was led and fronted with a trumpet, by Eldridge Bunton, a future leader of the AON. It very much shaped my future playing and style as I met while there a student of Jimmy Giuffre a proponent of West coast jazz. Is that a TMI?